2007-08 Distinguished speaker series
The 2007-08 series is presented by the Office of Student Activities to enhance the cultural and political make-up of the University and surrounding community. Tickets for all Speaker Series events are $10 for the general public, $5 for faculty and staff and FREE for UNCP students. Seating is general admission, but reservations are recommended.
All dates and artists subject to change due to availability.
This ebullient, high voiced Latina actress garnered attention for her portrayal of Spike Lee 's fast-talking, no non-sense girl friend in 1989 's "Do the Right Thing." Perez began her career as a featured dancer on "Soul Train", moving on to choreograph numbers for such recording artists as Bobby Brown and Diana Ross. Her choreography credits also include the opening title sequence for "Do the Right Thing" and the "fly girl" segments of TV 's "In Living Color". In the hit comedy feature "White Men Can 't Jump" (1992), Perez played Woody Harrelson 's girlfriend, a "motor-mouth" whose life 's ambition is to appear on the TV game show "Jeopardy". In 1993, Perez replaced her usually strident image with a much softer turn as a plane-crash survivor in Peter Weir 's "Fearless", for which she received good reviews and an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting actress. She followed with a turn as Nicolas Cage 's greedy wife in "It Could Happen to You" (1994) and as a taxi dancer in love with the wrong man in Alexandre Rockwell 's "Somebody to Love".
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Bob Woodward achieved legendary journalistic status when he uncovered the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration, and is the author of more national-best selling non-fiction books than any other contemporary American writer. His most recent book, State of Denial: Bush at War Part III, Woodward provides his inside story of a war-torn White House, and how the Bush administration avoided telling the truth about Iraq to the public, to Congress and often to themselves.
In his presentations, Woodward discusses the historic Watergate scandal, his revelations from the infamous Deep-Throat FBI operative Mark Felt and the series of events that led to the unraveling of a presidency. His behind-the-scenes perspectives on the presidency, Congress, the Pentagon and the CIA also include an exclusive look at President Bush 's Iraq War plan.
Senator Bill Bradley
Senator William W. Bradley, 63, is a Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC. From 2001-2004, he acted as chief outside advisor to McKinsey & Company’s nonprofit practice. He was a Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of the International Council of JP Morgan & Co., Inc. from 1997-1999. During that time, he also worked as an essayist for CBS evening news and was a visiting professor at Stanford University, University of Notre Dame and the University of Maryland. Senator Bradley served in the U.S. Senate from 1979 – 1997 representing the state of New Jersey. In 2000, he was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Prior to serving in the Senate, he was an Olympic gold medalist in 1964 and a professional basketball player with the New York Knicks from 1967 – 1977 during which time they won 2 NBA championships. In 1982 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Senator Bradley holds a BA degree in American History from Princeton University and an MA degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored six books on American politics, culture and economy.
Currently, Senator Bradley hosts American Voices, a weekly show on Sirius Satellite Radio that highlights the remarkable accomplishments of Americans both famous and unknown.
For more information, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 910.521.6207
Updated: Friday, June 20, 2008
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