AU welcomes national Kennedy biographer to host forum

Thu, 2008-04-03 09:31 -- univcomm
April 3, 2008

Anderson University hosted Mr. Thurston Clarke, nationally-known scholar and Robert F. Kennedy biographer, during a free public session at 4 p.m, Thursday, April 3 in Reardon Auditorium lobby.

Clarke's session focused on the topic of political communication. Against the historical backdrop of RFK's funeral train, Clark spoke on the significance of the 1968 election, RFK's decision to run for president and the early days of his campaign. Clark finished by responding to questions from those in attendance.

Clarke has written eleven widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. Clarke’s most recent book is The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America.

Clarke's book Pearl Harbor Ghosts was the basis of a CBS documentary, and his bestselling Lost Hero, a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards and lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York. He has degrees from Yale University (B.A.), London University School of Oriental and African Studies (M.A.) and Columbia University (M.B.A).

Later, Thurston Clarke participated in a panel discussion at the conclusion of the 7:30 p.m. free public screening of “A Ripple of Hope” in Reardon Auditorium. Created by Covenant Productions®, "A Ripple of Hope" will review the events that occurred in Indiana on April 4, 1968, and explore the enduring legacy of Kennedy’s appearance in Indianapolis.

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Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.