An evening with Bob Woodward to benefit the Robert H. Jackson Center
JAMESTOWN — The Robert H. Jackson Center, a non-profit dedicated to promoting liberty under law through the examination of the life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson and its relevance to current events and issues, will welcome renowned journalist Bob Woodward to discuss: “Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate?” on Sunday, Aug. 11. Woodward will speak at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. The event was made possible by the Fund for Downtown Programming, part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Fund, as well as the Alan Y. Cole Endowment Fund.
Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored 19 books; the latest, “Fear: Trump in the White House” became an international bestseller, selling over 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 and breaking the 94-year-old first week sales record for its publisher Simon & Schuster.
The Jackson Center is pleased to welcome Woodward to Jamestown. The Center traditionally invites notable speakers to address current issues that relate to the importance of the rule of law and how it reflects Robert H. Jackson’s influence as U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Supreme Court Justice and as Chief U.S. prosecutor at Nuremberg. Woodward is world renowned for his extraordinary skills as a journalist who represents the importance of the press as a guardian of civil liberties and the ‘fourth estate’ of our government. “This program is a great example of how the Jackson Center is facilitating conversations whose roots lie in Justice Jackson’s legacy,” said Kristan McMahon, President of the Robert H. Jackson Center. “This timely topic, not to mention Woodward’s significant body of work and reputation for excellence, will draw people to Jamestown.”
Woodward will reveal the inner workings of Washington and its leaders to enthrall audiences with compelling stories that are intriguing, sometimes startling, but always thought provoking. Woodward’s concise writing reflects a similar speaking style — razor sharp and able to seamlessly navigate the halls of power to reveal what’s really happening in our nation’s capital. Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has said, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.”
No one digs deeper or has provided a more detailed or penetrating portrait of all the presidents Woodward has written about for the Post or in books. Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, “Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time.”
In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time Magazine has called “All the President’s Men,” by Woodward and Bernstein, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Reg Lenna box office at 664-2465, visiting the box office located at 116 E. 3rd Street, Jamestown, NY 14701 or online at www.reglenna.com. Patrons who would like to tour the attractions located in Jamestown after this event, are encouraged to book dinner and hotel reservations early. Some area attractions include: the Robert H. Jackson Center, the National Comedy Center, the Fenton History Center, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. See the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau website www.tourchautauqua.com for a more complete list.
The Fund for Downtown Programming (FDP) is one of ten projects funded by the DRI and was awarded $600,000 by New York State to be administered through Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), the state’s Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) and facilitated by the Jamestown Local Development Corporation. The FDP supports programming that attracts a range of audiences to Jamestown’s downtown and Riverwalk throughout the year and encourages an influx of patrons to downtown businesses. Because of Woodward’s stellar reputation as a fair and non-partisan journalist, his appeal assures that this event will catalyze economic impact by increasing visitors to Jamestown’s downtown and bringing new patrons to its downtown restaurants, hotels and attractions.