Bradlee, Quinn postpone journalism lecture
Anticipating transportation difficulties caused by Hurricane Isabel, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn postponed their Thursday night lecture disappointing 600 Bowdoin students, faculty, and members of the Brunswick community who planned to attend.
The lecture, which was to be held in Pickard Theater, is in the process of being rescheduled, though the new date has not yet been determined. "We're looking to reschedule," said Sally Meredith, Assistant Director of Events and Summer Programs, "but we need to take into account our resources here at Bowdoin and everyone's schedules."
"It's completely up in the air," said Susan Danforth, Assistant Director of Communications for College Relations. "All we can really say is that it will be sometime during this academic year."
The Bradlee and Quinn talk is a part of the Tom Cassidy Lectureship, which was created in 1997 in honor of Thomas J. Cassidy '72, host of CNN's "Pinnacle." Cassidy died in 1991 of AIDS and his will established a lectureship at Bowdoin. "We have an established journalist give a lecture but also meet with students and faculty," said Danforth.
Previous lecturers include CNN's Lou Dobbs, Linda Wertheimer of National Public Radio, and editor-at-large of Fortune Andrew Serwer.
Despite her obvious regret in seeing the event delayed, Meredith was pleased with Bowdoin community's enthusiasm. She said, "It's great to see that people really want to listen to these speakers."
She also appreciated that Bradlee and Quinn made their decision to postpone in advance. "They were thoughtful and obviously wanted to make sure we weren't in a bind," Meredith said.
The lecture was a highly anticipated event, and Danforth expected a "capacity crowd."
"I was really excited about it," said first year Tasha Graff. "I've always been interested in journalism and I've never gotten the chance to listen to journalists who are so renowned."
Bradlee, Vice President-at-large of the Washington Post, and Quinn, author and Washington Post columnist, planned to pick five topics, write about them individually without discussion, and then present them. "They have amazing insight and are a great way to start conversation on campus," Meredith said.
Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled event. Once the date is announced,
those who will not be able to make the new date are asked to turn in their
tickets in order to allow those waitlisted to attend.