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March 31, 2008
Contact: Jonathan Earle, Dole Institute of Politics, (785) 864-4900.

Tom Brokaw to share stories from the ’60s at this year’s Dole Lecture

LAWRENCE — Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw will give the 2008 Dole Lecture at the University of Kansas.

“An Afternoon with Tom Brokaw” will feature the veteran newscaster’s observations from his new book “Boom! Voices of the Sixties: Personal Reflections on the ’60s and Today.” The event will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Dole Institute of Politics.

“As the author of ‘The Greatest Generation,’ about men and women like Sen. Dole who came of age during the Great Depression, fought the second world war and went on to serve their country in countless other ways, Tom Brokaw is ideal to deliver the Dole Lecture,” said Jonathan Earle, interim director of the Dole Institute.

The afternoon lecture is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come, first served. Signed copies of “Boom!” will be available for purchase. The institute will open as usual at 9 a.m.

“Boom!” presents the stories of ’60s figures, including Americans as varied as Arlo Guthrie, Hillary Clinton and Karl Rove, and everyday people as they experienced the Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War, women’s liberation and popular culture of the decade. Brokaw provides his own insights on the ’60s while imparting lessons applicable to today.

Brokaw was the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1983 until he retired in 2004. While with NBC, he conducted interviews with Mikhail Gorbachev and President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and covered five presidential campaigns and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Before anchoring the evening news, Brokaw was host of the Today Show and anchor of the NBC Saturday Night News.

Brokaw is the author of four bestselling books, “The Greatest Generation,” “The Greatest Generation Speaks,” “An Album of Memories” and “A Long Way From Home.” He holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of South Dakota and was the 1988 recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award.

Brokaw last visited the Dole Institute in July 2003, when he emceed the dedication of the building on KU’s west campus.

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