TIME columnist to give Robison Lecture at Bradley University

October 15, 2012

Peoria, IL (October 15, 2012) TIME magazine columnist and bestselling author Joe Klein will be the featured speaker at Bradley University’s Robison Lecture on Thursday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Michel Student Center ballroom.

The title of his lecture is "Politics Lost: Searching for Sanity in an Era of Political Consultants, Talk Radio, Cable News, and the Blogosphere." Admission is free and open to the public.

Klein’s weekly column “In the Arena” covers domestic and international affairs ranging from campaigns to healthcare. It won a National Headliner Award for best magazine column in 2004.

A veteran of 10 presidential campaigns, Klein wrote the bestseller “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics” as “Anonymous.” It later became a major motion picture. His other books include “The Running Mate,” “The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton” and “Politics Lost,” an analysis of the last 35 years of American politics. His next book will explore "The New Greatest Generation" of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

A former Guggenheim Fellow, Klein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a frequent guest on The Chris Matthews Show, CNN and MSNBC. Early in his career, he wrote for Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The New Yorker. His popular TIME blog, “Swampland,” is read internationally.

Since the Robison Lectureship Series began in 1988, the Department of Communication has hosted more than 30 journalists and journalism educators. The lecture is co-sponsored this year by the Bradley Intellectual and Cultural Activities Committee.  

The Robison Lecturer program was established in memory of Mary Leslie Robison, an educator and journalist for more than 40 years.  She was an assistant professor of English at Bradley from 1957 to 1968.  In 1953, the Illinois Association of Journalism Teachers honored her with a gold key for meritorious service to scholastic journalism.