Rider University’s annual 9/11 commemoration, Peaceful Tomorrows, will be highlighted by a keynote address from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein on Wednesday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in the Bart Luedeke Center Theater. The event, which also marks Rider’s Constitution Day observance, is free and open to the public.
Bernstein’s address is entitled The Impact of Terrorism in a Post 9/11 Media World: Can Journalists Still Deliver the Best Obtainable Version of the Truth? He will discuss the ways in which terrorism transformed the media after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and whether journalists can still provide the best objective version of the truth, given the impact on constitutional rights by counter-terrorism policies.
Bernstein, who, along with Bob Woodward, comprised the award-winning Washington Post investigative team that blew the lid off the Watergate scandal that led to the eventual resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. By that time, the Post had already received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1973, largely for the pair’s work. The Watergate break-in was dramatized in the 1974 motion picture All the President’s Men, in which Bernstein was portrayed by Dustin Hoffman.
Constitution Day provides students with a better understanding behind the ideals that created the U.S. Constitution through an education program sponsored by the University. This year’s event will illustrate to students how world events can influence how constitutional rights are observed and enforced.
“This year’s Constitution Day observation will show Rider students how life changed after September 11, 2001, since the majority of our students were so young when the tragedy occurred,” said Dave Keenan, associate dean for Campus Life. “It’s important that our students understand how history’s events help the Constitution evolve and how that evolution impacts Americans.”
The Lawrenceville campus will hold memorial services honoring members of the Rider and Westminster Choir College communities whose lives were lost in the September 11 attacks.
For more information on Constitution Day at Rider, contact Dave Keenan at 609-896-5327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.