Vance Series Adds to its Tradition of Distinguished Guest Speakers
Posted 02/28/2013 02:36PM

The New Britain Herald

Vance Series Adds to its Tradition of Distinguished Guest Speakers

Sunday, February 17, 2013 9:57 PM EST



NBC News anchor David Brinkley was scheduled to present the first Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture at Central Connecticut State University 30 years ago. Just four days before the event, NBC sent him on special assignment. Brinkley was quite thoughtful to arrange for a pinch-hitter — Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee. How fitting that a respected journalist began the series that bears the name of a respected former publisher of the New Britain Herald.

Over the years, our guest lecturers have included former U.S. presidents: Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush, and several heads of state including: British Prime Minister Harold Lord Wilson, Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Poland’s President Lech Walesa. We have hosted journalists Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather and Bob Woodward.

On Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m., the community will have another opportunity to hear from one of the most esteemed and outspoken leaders in America today, Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor.

During his two terms as mayor, Giuliani was credited with transforming the city from the crime capital of the nation to one of the safest large cities in the U.S. He received the highest of praise for his strong leadership following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York City. He was named “Person of the Year” in 2001 by TIME Magazine, knighted by the Queen of England, dubbed “Rudy the Rock” by French President Jacques Chirac and was presented with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Freedom Award.

It is because of the Robert C. Vance Charitable Foundation’s generosity that we are able to bring such notable figures as Giuliani to CCSU for all to enjoy. This foundation has made other remarkable contributions to CCSU, including a $1.4 million endowment to fund an academic chair in journalism and mass communications.

More than 30,000 guests have attended the series since 1983 and, in the past decade, receptions and dinners preceding the lectures have raised more than $50,000 for the University.

The foundation is named for Robert Cummings Vance who, during his lifetime, was a devoted supporter of CCSU. Vance was the second son of the founder of this newspaper and worked as the editor and publisher of the Herald during the 1950s.


Though the lecture is open to the public, tickets are required and are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the University’s website: Patrons without access to the Internet can reserve tickets by calling (860) 832-1740.

Tickets are also available for a reception and dinner with Giuliani prior to the lecture at 5 p.m. These tickets are $125 a person and include reserved seating for the lecture. The deadline for ordering tickets is Feb. 28, 2013. Don’t miss out!