Author/Historian Douglas Brinkley Will Address Norm Brewer Lecture March 1

February 15, 2016- The University of Memphis will host is fifth annual Norm Brewer First Amendment Lecture Tuesday, March 1, at 6 p.m. in the University Center Theatre.

Noted author and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss "The First Amendment and Presidential Politics: Then and Now." Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University, CNN presidential historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and Audubon. The Chicago Tribune has dubbed him "America's new past master." His recent Cronkite won the Sperber Prize for Best Book in Journalism and was a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. The Great Deluge won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. 

The lecture is held each year in memory of longtime Memphis journalist Norm Brewer, whose decades-long career included work as a weekday news anchor for WMC-TV Channel 5, editorial writer for The Commercial Appeal and political commentator for WREG-TV Channel 3. Brewer died in December 2010.

The event is sponsored by the Hardin Chair of Excellence in Journalism and the UofM student chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Gabrielle Maxey