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The 40th Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series

An Evening with Lisa Ling

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Drake University Knapp Center


Acclaimed journalist Lisa Ling will deliver the 40th installment of the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture Series at Drake University. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 11, in the Knapp Center, 2525 Forest Ave. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Currently, executive producer and host of CNN’s This is Life, Ling journeys to the far corners of America, dedicated to uncovering important issues. She previously served as executive producer and host of Oprah Winfrey Network’s Our America, field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show, and contributor to ABC News' Nightline and National Geographic's Explorer. Ling got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News. She then went on to co-host ABC's The View, which won its first Emmy during her tenure.

“Lisa Ling will be an important addition to the distinguished group of speakers who have been a part of the Bucksbaum Lecture series,” said Kathleen Richardson, dean of Drake’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “Her career successes and dedication to uncovering injustice in the world are an inspiration to future journalists everywhere. We are thrilled to welcome Lisa to Drake during the centennial year of journalism education at Drake.”

Ling has reported from around the world, covering everything from Afghanistan’s civil war to the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. She often investigates crises in the United States as well, including the scourge of prescription pill addiction in Utah, the recent influx of women in North Dakota’s boomtown energy economy, and a town in the rural Midwest where young men aspire to be priests.

Ling was a member of President Obama’s Commission on White House Fellowships and a co-founder of Secret Society of Women. She also co-authored several books, including Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood and Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and The Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.

For more information, contact Erica Hartschen, at 515-271-4990 or

Learn more about the Lectureship

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

Previous Lecturers

  • Douglas Brinkley
  • Billy Collins & Clint Smith
  • Krista Tippett
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Peter Neufeld
  • 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