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             Joan Lunden, June 7 tickets on sale NOW!

Joan Lunden

PBS Host, Adjunct Professor, Award Winning Author, & Senior Advocate
June 7, 2022
7:00 PM - Musical Program by local youth musicians
7:30 PM - Keynote Speaker Program

Joan Lunden is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, television host, and motivational speaker. For nearly two decades, Lunden greeted viewers each morning on “Good Morning America” making her the longest running female host ever on early morning television.

Joan is the host of the PBS television series, “Second Opinion with Joan Lunden” and the Washington Post Podcast series, “Caring for Tomorrow” on the future of healthcare. She is an advocate for seniors educating individuals over 50 on media literacy. As an ardent health and senior advocate, she has testified before the Food and Drug Administration advocating mandatory mammogram reporting and the Congressional House Ways and Means Committee advocating for the Family and Medical Leave Act. Recently, Lunden Joined the faculty of Lehigh University as a visiting professor in their College of Health teaching Population Health and the Media.

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. An eternal optimist, she turned the diagnosis into an opportunity to become an advocate and to help others, chronicling her breast cancer journey in a memoir, Had I Known. Her advocacy continues as she interacts with the public daily on her website, Joanlunden.com as well as on her social media platforms.

One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 60 magazines and book covers. Lunden’s newest book, Why Did I Come Into This Room: A Candid Conversation About Aging, quickly became a New York Times Best Seller. Her other books include Growing Up HealthyWake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden's Healthy Living; Joan Lunden's Healthy Cooking; and Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden;

As a mother of 7, Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman.

Dave Barry                                    

Humorist, Award Winning Author & All-Around Entertainer
March 22, 2022
7:00 PM - Musical Program by Grassfield High School String Quartet
7:30 PM - Keynote Speaker Program

Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working.

For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry's columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.

Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big TroubleLunaticsTricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. He has also written a number of books with titles like I'll Mature When I'm Dead, which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies. Two of Barry's books were the basis for the CBS sitcom "Dave's World", which can probably still be seen on cable TV in certain underdeveloped nations.

Barry lives in Miami with his family and a dog.

An entertaining evening with Dave Barry! Grassfield High School String Quartet performed, Dr. Rebecca C. W. Adams and R. Stephen Best, Sr. welcomed the guests, and "Laughing with Dave Barry" began.

Dr. Freeman Hrabowski

President UMBC, Author & Motivational Speaker
April 26, 2022
7:00 PM - Musical Program by local student musicians
7:30 PM - Keynote Speaker Program

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, graduated from Hampton Institute and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds honorary degrees from over 40 colleges and universities. 

In 2012, he was named by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He leads a university that has been recognized as a model for inclusive excellence by such publications as U.S. News, which the past 10 years has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching. UMBC recently became one of only 146 higher education institutions to achieve the Carnegie Classification of doctoral universities with very high research.

Dr. Hrabowski was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME magazine in 2012, and more recently he received the American Council on Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the University of California, Berkeley’s Clark Kerr Award (2019), the University of California, San Francisco’s UCSF Medal (2020), 

The Empowered University, Dr. Hrabowski's most recent book, examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture. In 2022, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for development of a national educational model for students with diverse backgrounds to excel in engineering and science (2022).

On April 26 the Western Branch High School Chamber Orchestra performed, Rev. Michael R. Toliver introduced Dr. Freeman Hrabowski who mesmerized the audience and connected with young and old alike.