Anderson Cooper, award-winning journalist with his own CNN show, is scheduled to speak at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus in March.
"Anderson Cooper is a highly distinguished speaker and journalist, who has captured international audiences with his astute and nuanced reporting," said CU student Jessica Yan, chair of the hosting organization, Distinguished Speakers Board. "His insight in current affairs will challenge us to think critically about the media we choose to believe, especially in a shifting social and political landscape."
Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. March 6, with Cooper speaking at 7:30 p.m. at Macky Auditorium.
Ticket sales for the event kick off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the first-floor event table in the University Memorial Center and will continue through March 2 or until it's sold out. CU student tickets will cost $5 and faculty and staff will pay $20. Payments will be cash only and require a valid Buff OneCard to buy.
Public tickets will go on sale Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. on colorado.edu/macky for $40.
Approximately 2,000 tickets will be available — the capacity of the auditorium, CU spokesman Ryan Huff said.
Guests are asked to arrive no later than 7 p.m. so everyone can get through a security screening and find their seats. Backpacks and "other bags" aren't allowed in the auditorium, CU said. Only small clutches (no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) and clear plastic bags no bigger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches are allowed.
Attendees are encouraged to submit questions for Cooper through the hashtag #CooperCU on Twitter or Facebook. The questions will be asked during a moderated Q&A after Cooper's opening speech.
"Cooper has worked as a CNN and CBS 60 Minutes correspondent, playing a pivotal role in CNN's coverage of international and political events," read a CU news release about the speech. "Throughout his career, he has reported in more than 40 countries. In addition to his success within journalism, he has won 16 Emmy awards, alongside the Edward R. Murrow and Peabody Awards.
"The board strives to bring diverse speakers to campus who will intellectually challenge the student body, as well as spark meaningful dialogue surrounding relevant issues," the news release read. "Past speakers the Board has hosted include Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Edward Snowden (via video conference), Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, Karl Rove and Madeleine Albright."
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