Granfalloon Keynote: A Conversation with Carl Bernstein

The IU Arts and Humanities Council is excited to be hosting Carl Bernstein as the 2024 Granfalloon Festival keynote speaker. Few journalists have had the impact on history and their craft as Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Carl Bernstein. From uncovering the Watergate scandal with Bob Woodward to writing about national and international affairs for half a century, Bernstein’s books, reporting and commentary have revealed the hidden workings of government and politics around the world.

In 1973, Woodward and Bernstein were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their Watergate coverage at The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting new standards for investigative journalism. The pair went on to write two classic best-sellers:  All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman); and The Final Days, chronicling the end of the Nixon presidency.

Bernstein’s recently released book, Chasing History: A Kid in the Newsroom, became an instant New York Times bestseller, receiving extraordinary attention and praise in reviews throughout the United States and Europe. In it, Bernstein recounts his earliest days in journalism at the Washington Evening Star newspaper, where he began his career during the Kennedy era as a 16-year-old copyboy. The roots of his Watergate reporting can be seen in this remarkable apprenticeship as a teenage reporter in the nation’s capital.

The conversation will be followed by a book signing with books available for purchase.  

This event is supported in part by the IU Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, IU Research, and IU Libraries. The Granfalloon Festival is supported in part by a number of generous community organizations, including Graduate Bloomington, Visit Bloomington and the City of Bloomington.

Granfalloon Keynote: A Conversation with Carl Bernstein
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  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • Students/youth $19, Adults $29