Mason Historian to Host Conversation with Bob Woodward

Posted: March 2, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Daniela Aida Stevens

The Mason Forum, a speaker series hosted by scholar-in-residence Richard Norton Smith, will be holding its second program, “A Conversation with Bob Woodward,” at Mason’s Arlington Campus on March 7 at 5 p.m. in the Original Building, Room 329.

With more than 35 years as an investigative journalist and author, Woodward has gained a unique understanding of the workings of American government at the highest levels. His articles and books have covered topics from Watergate to the Supreme Court and the Clinton Administration to the CIA. Woodward’s work since 2002 has focused largely on the George W. Bush presidency, including the response to the Sept. 11 attacks and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

During the forum, historian Smith and the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will discuss Woodward’s career and how investigative journalism has changed. Woodward also will talk about how he obtained the trust of many high-level sources and secured the interviews and information no one else could get.

Smith hopes that this second Mason Forum will move away from discussing headlines and the latest political scandals to focusing on one renowned journalist’s unique perspective. “After all,” says Smith, “historians are in the perspective business, and journalists are too.”

The program is free and open to the public and media.

Bob Woodward has worked for the Washington Post since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and in 1973 shared a Pulitzer Prize with Carl Bernstein for their reporting on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002. Woodward has written or co-written 11 national best-selling nonfiction books.

Woodward’s most recent book, “State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III,” examines how the Bush administration “mangled Iraq” after the 2003 invasion. It follows Woodward’s previous books on the administration, “Bush at War” and “Plan of Attack.” Woodward will sign copies of his new book after the talk.

Smith, a presidential historian, has run six institutions for former presidents and top political figures. He is a nationally recognized expert on the American presidency and appears regularly on C-SPAN and “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” as part of the show’s roundtable of historians. While at Mason, Smith will complete a biography of Nelson Rockefeller. He is also researching and assessing the nation’s presidential library system.

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