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The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series

Krista Tippett
“Becoming Wise”

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, 7 p.m.
Drake University Knapp Center

Krista Tippett is an American journalist, author, and talk show radio host known for smartly and sensitively tackling life’s toughest questions.

Tippett is host of On Being, a Peabody Award-winning public radio program and podcast that traces the mysteries of human existence. Tippett has welcomed countless dignitaries and luminaries—including the 14th Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Desmond Tutu, and Yo-Yo Ma—onto the program, which is heard on more than 360 public radio stations and averages more than 20 million downloads a year as a podcast.

In addition to being one of the world’s leading journalists covering faith and religion, Tippett is also an advocate for civil discourse. Her latest initiative, the Civil Conversations Project, fosters a series of conversations, public events, and resources to help heal the divisions within our communities.

Tippett grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, and spent most of the 1980s in divided Germany. She was a staff reporter for The New York Times and also reported for Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, the BBC, and Die Zeit.

She earned a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1994 and created the radio program Speaking of Faith, which later became On Being, in 2003 to provide intelligent journalistic coverage of religion. She published her first book, Speaking of Faith—Why Religion Matters, and How to Talk About it in 2008.

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Learn more about the Lectureship

The Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by a gift from the late Melva and Martin Bucksbaum, longtime member of Drake's governing board. Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lectureship Committee: Neil Hamilton (chair), Julian Archer, James Autry, Pamela Bass-Bookey, Michael Gartner, G. David Hurd, Janis Ruan, Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan, and Eleanor Zeff.

Previous Lecturers

  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Peter Newfeld
  • Nina Totenberg
  • Tim Gunn
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • James Balog
  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter
  • Vicente Fox
  • Garrison Keillor
  • Twyla Tharp
  • Dr. Azar Nafisi
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Bill Bryson
  • Thomas R. Pickering
  • Erik Peterson
  • Nicholas Kristof
  • Bob Costas
  • Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield
  • David Chipperfield
  • Dr. Jane Goodall
  • Tim Russert
  • Sarah Jones
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Michael Beschloss
  • Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
  • Ken Burns
  • Bill Moyers
  • Martin Marty & Archbishop Rembert Weakland
  • Marian Wright Edelman
  • Senator Paul Simon
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • David McCullough
  • Ben Bradlee
  • Thomas Friedman