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R. Lynn Sauls Endowed Lecture Series

Carl Bernstein: Why Truth Still Matters

In a conversation moderated by Alison Lebovitz

Fifty years ago, Carl Bernstein was instrumental in bringing important truth to light during Watergate—truth that toppled a corrupt president. Join us on November 17 at 7 p.m. in Iles P.E. Center for a riveting conversation between Bernstein and local television host Alison Lebovitz as they explore “Why Truth Still Matters.” Audience members will have the opportunity to submit questions for a live Q&A. This is the inaugural event in the R. Lynn Sauls Endowed Lecture Series, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication.

The event is free to attend but RSVP is highly recommended as seating is limited.


Why Truth Still Matters

Iles P.E. Center

7 p.m.


About Carl Bernstein

Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist, Author, and Political Analyst

Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For 40 years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.

In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years—the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural, and spiritual power. Renowned as a prose stylist, he has also written a classic biography of Pope John Paul II, served as the founding editor of the first major political website, and been a rock critic.

The author of many best-selling books, Bernstein has also worked on several multimedia projects, including a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper, The Evening Star, during the Kennedy era; and a dramatic political TV series with David Simon of ‘The Wire’ for HBO. He is also an on-air contributor for CNN and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine.

Bernstein was born and raised in Washington, DC, and began his journalism career at age 16 as a copyboy for The Washington Evening Star, becoming a reporter at 19. He lives in New York with his wife and is the father of two sons, one a journalist and the other a rock musician.

About the Lecture Series

This lectureship honors the vision, hard work, and dedication of Lynn Sauls, ’52, PhD, former chair of what is now the School of Journalism and Communication at Southern Adventist University. Serving as a professor and leader in the department in the 1980s and ’90s, Sauls helped establish this academic area as it exists today. He strengthened the journalism curriculum and grew the department, connecting with industry professionals and encouraging strong writing skills. Following his retirement in 1996, he stayed connected with his alma mater, serving as an adjunct instructor for a number of years. Now in his 90s, Sauls continues to write, recently publishing two books: It Seems to Me and Seasonal Poems: From May to Christmas and from January to Easter

This annual lecture series celebrates Sauls’ legacy by inviting prominent journalists and top communication professionals to campus to inspire a new generation of truth seekers, storytellers, and influencers. 

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