Tina Brown Selected as 2014 Schooler Lecturer

January 16, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio — The University of Mount Union has announced Tina Brown, founder of the Daily Beast and former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair and Newsweek, as the 2014 Schooler Lecturer.

“An Evening with Tina Brown” will take place at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in the Timken Gymnasium of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex. The evening will consist of a moderated discussion with Brown led by Fox 8 News anchor and Mount Union alumna Stefani Schaefer ‘93.

According to the Greater Talent Network, Brown is the highest-profile, most talked-about magazine editor in the world. From a young writer for Punch magazine and the Sunday Times, she quickly rose through the ranks of the magazine industry on both sides of the Atlantic to become editor-in-chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, the New Yorker, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Partnering with Barry Diller in 2008, Brown launched The Daily Beast – a news reporting website that quickly changed the way people consume news online. The Daily Beast won the Webby for news site of the year in 2012 and 2013.

As Vanity Fair’s editor-in-chief, Brown pioneered celebrity journalism and increased its circulation from 250,000 to 1.2 million. Following her success at Vanity Fair, she went on to the New Yorker, where she became the first woman ever to serve as editor. She hosted a well-received television program, “Topic A with Tina Brown,” on CNBC and in 2007 her critically-acclaimed biography, The Diana Chronicles, spent several weeks at the top of the New York Times best-seller list.

In 2010, Brown launched the annual Women in the World Summit. Growing from a small mid-town theater to the 2,500-seat Lincoln Center, the annual summit convenes extraordinary leaders, inspirational activists and political change-makers, featuring participants such as Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey.

In September 2013, Brown announced she would be leaving The Daily Beast at the end of the year to start Tina Brown Live Media, a new company dedicated to summits, salons and flash forums. Its first mission is to build and develop the Women in the World Summit.

Complimentary tickets for the lecture are now available and can be obtained by visiting mountunion.edu/schooler-tickets or calling (330) 829-6120 and leaving a message including name, address, phone number and number of tickets requested. Please allow several business days for tickets to be processed and mailed.


About the Schooler Lecture
The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the University to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union and for the residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, the late former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, the late news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard, the late Tim Russert, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin, author Khaled Hosseini, astrophysicist, TV show host and author Neil Degrasse Tyson and former Newark, New Jersey mayor and current United States senator Cory Booker.

For more information on the Schooler Lecture, visit mountunion.edu/schooler.

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