Scott Simon, author and host of National Public Radio's (NPR) "Weekend Edition" comes to Portland State University Saturday, October 21, 2006, as the keynote speaker for PSU's 16th annual community educational event, "PSU Weekend." Simon will give a talk, "Insights from Behind the Microphone: Bad Interviews, Big Mistakes and How It All Turned Out," at the keynote brunch. Tickets for the brunch are $30; lecture-only admission is $15 and $10 for students. The brunch will be held in the ballroom at Portland State's Smith Memorial Student Union (1825 S.W. Broadway, third floor).
Known as one of the best writers in broadcasting and winner of the Peabody Award, Simon has reported from all 50 states, covered presidential campaigns, eight wars and reported from Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East and the Caribbean. The brunch with Scott Simon headlines PSU Weekend, which also features ten free lectures on a variety of topics including:
* "Victory in Iraq: You Can't Get There from Here," Gen. Merrill "Tony" McPeak
* "Comics as the New Literature," Dark Horse Comic founder Mike Richardson, '77
* "Backstage at the PSU Opera," Christine Meadows, artistic director, PSU
* "Fuel for Thought," Robert Bertini, director, Center for Transportation Studies, PSU
Scott Simon joined NPR in 1977. In 2002, Simon took leave of his post at "Weekend Edition" to cover the war in Afghanistan. He has received numerous honors for his reporting and was part of NPR news teams that won the prestigious Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Awards. In addition to hosting "Weekend Edition," he is finishing a new book on Jackie Robinson, Brooklyn Knight that's expected in bookstores this fall, when he also will be hosting the PBS television special Voices of Vision. His first book, Home and Away, Memoir of a Fan, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim.
PSU Weekend this year runs October 20-21 and offers ten free lectures on Seminar Day, Saturday, October 21. All lectures are held in the Smith Memorial Student Union unless otherwise noted. Call 503-725-4949 for more information or to pre-register go to http://alumni.pdx.edu/events/psu_weekend.asp. PSU Weekend is Portland State's nontraditional homecoming organized and is sponsored by the PSU Alumni Association.