Lecture Programs

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Logo for Foster-Foreman ConferenceThe annual Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers regularly attracts some of the best writers in the country to campus for free public lectures and to work in hands-on and small-group sessions with students in the College of Communications.

Since its inception in 1999, the conference has attracted 41 Pulitzer Prize winners. Ten Penn State graduates have been speakers in the series.

The conference is named in honor of Penn State alumni Larry and Ellen Foster, who created the endowment for the professorship and program, and Gene Foreman, the retired Foster Professor of Communications who continues to coordinate the series that was started under his direction.

Upcoming

October 24

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Location: Schwab Auditorium

Free public session featuring award-winning journalist as part of annual Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers.

October 25

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Doug Blackmon

Time: 10:35 am – 11:50 am

Location: Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Free public session featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Blackmon as part of the Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers.

Previous Lectures

October 18, 2017

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Wesley Lowery

Free public lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post.

October 19, 2017

Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers

Lisa Falkenberg

Free public lecture featuring Pulitzer Prize-winner Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle.

* Winners of the Pulitzer Prize
# Penn State graduates

Spring 2014

  • *Dan Gilbert
  • #Samanth Subramanian

Fall 2013

  • *Dean Baquet
  • Beth Macy

Spring 2013

  • *David Finkel
  • Inga Saffron

Fall 2012

  • *#Sara Ganim
  • David Greene

Spring 2012

  • *George Dohrmann
  • *Joby Warrick

Fall 2011

  • *Isabel Wilkerson
  • *Paige St. John

Spring 2011

  • #Ben Feller
  • *Barbara Laker
  • *Wendy Ruderman

Fall 2010

  • *Ken Armstrong
  • *Diana K. Sugg

Spring 2010

  • John Grogan
  • Jayson Stark

Fall 2009

  • *Sonia Nazario
  • *Mark Feeney

Spring 2009

  • *Connie Schultz
  • Michael Bamberger

Fall 2008

  • *Amy Goldstein
  • *Bill Raspberry

Spring 2008

  • *Dana Priest
  • Jim Wooten

Fall 2007

  • *Jerry Kammer
  • Diana Henriques

Spring 2007

  • *Sydney Schanberg
  • *Karen DeYoung

Fall 2006

  • Juan Williams
  • Jennifer Hunter

Spring 2006

  • #Tom Verducci
  • Steve Lopez

Fall 2005

  • *Anne Hull
  • *Buzz Bissinger

Spring 2005

  • *David Zucchino
  • *Bill Marimow

Fall 2004

  • *Walter Mears
  • *Cynthia Tucker

Spring 2004

  • *David Shribman
  • Ken Fuson

Fall 2003

  • #Rod Nordland
  • Bill Lyon

Spring 2003

  • *Steve Twomey
  • Alicia Shepard

Fall 2002

  • *David Halberstam
  • *Paul Greenberg

Spring 2002

  • *Leonard Pitts Jr.
  • Claire Smith
  • #Lori Shontz

Fall 2001

  • *Richard Ben Cramer
  • *David Maraniss

Spring 2001

  • *Michael Gartner
  • Wil Haygood
  • #Ann Gerhart

Fall 2000

  • *Anna Quindlen
  • Mark Bowden
  • #Jerry Schwartz

Spring 2000

  • *Ron Suskind
  • *Madeleine Blais
  • #Paul Hendrickson

Fall 1999

  • James McBride
  • *Michael Vitez
  • #Alecia Swasy