Season and individual program tickets are available for the Fredericksburg Forum, which is hosted by the University of Mary Washington.
The series will begin on Tuesday, October 2, with political commentators Steve and Cokie Roberts, followed by journalist Bob Woodward on Tuesday, March 11. Each program will be held at 8 p.m. in the university’s Dodd Auditorium, located in George Washington Hall.
The Fredericksburg Forum is a community-sponsored program underwritten by season ticket sales that brings nationally known speakers to the Fredericksburg community and the university. Tickets for the 2007-08 season, which cover both programs, are $50 for general admission, $75 for orchestra seating and $100 for patron seating, which includes a post-event reception with the speakers and priority parking. Individual program tickets are $30 for general admission, $40 for orchestra seating and $55 for patron seating. To order tickets, call (540) 654-1055 or go to www.umw.edu/forum.
Steve and Cokie Roberts
As two of Washington, D.C.’s most respected political analysts, Steve and Cokie Roberts will share their perspectives on the political issues of the day. The couple has been married more than 35 years and published the New York Times best-seller From This Day Forward. As professional partners, they write a nationally syndicated newspaper column focused on political and governmental issues.
Both Cokie and Steve also have their own high-profile careers. She is the Chief Congressional Analyst for ABC News and the co-anchor of the Sunday morning broadcast This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts. She also serves as news analyst for National Public Radio. Steve, who has been an award-winning journalist for more than 30 years, appears regularly on public television’s Washington Week, CNN’s Late Edition and the ABC radio network. He also is a professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Bob Woodward is known for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal in 1973. In addition, he was the main reporter for The Washington Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Having worked for the Post since 1971, Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award, including the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2003.
Woodward also has co-authored or authored 11 #1 national best-selling non-fiction books – more than any contemporary American writer. His most recent publications include State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006), Plan of Attack (2004) and Bush at War (2002). Three of Woodward’s books were national best-sellers for months. Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories; 60 Minutes has done pieces on five of his books; and three of his books have been made into movies.