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2019 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecturer (Sold Out!)


Wednesday, April 10, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Mandell Theater

Terry Gross, host of the award-winning public radio program “Fresh Air” was Drexel's 2019 Distinguished Lecturer.On April 10, 2019, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences will proudly welcome its 2019 Distinguished Lecturer, Terry Gross, host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio program “Fresh Air.” Her lecture, titled “All I Did Was Ask: An Evening with Terry Gross,” will offer a behind-the-mic glimpse of her innovative and hugely popular radio show.

Recounting stories with entertaining clips of successful interviews — as well as tales of particularly disastrous interviews — Gross will share a side of herself that her listeners rarely hear. The audience will have the opportunity to turn the tables on NPR’s foremost interviewer during the Q&A that follows.

About “Fresh Air”

Featuring intimate conversations covering popular culture and contemporary arts and issues, “Fresh Air” with Terry Gross is one of public radio’s most popular weekday programs. It is broadcast on more than 624 NPR stations across the country, as well as on Europe’s World Radio Network, with nearly 5 million listeners. In 2015, “Fresh Air” was the No. 1 most downloaded podcast on iTunes. “Fresh Air” has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Peabody Award in 1994 for its “probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insight.”

About Terry Gross

In 1999, American Women in Radio and Television awarded Terry Gross the Gracie Award in the category of National Network Radio Personality. In 2003, Gross received the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award for her “outstanding contributions to public radio” and for advancing the “growth, quality and positive image of radio.” In recognition of her public advocacy work in the humanities, Terry Gross became the fourth recipient of the Modern Language Association’s Phyllis Franklin Award for Public Advocacy of the Humanities in 2010.

In 2011, she received the Authors Guild Award for Distinguished Service to the Literary Community and in 2015, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and awarded a National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The recipient of honorary degrees from Princeton University, Haverford College and Drexel University, Gross is also the author of “All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians and Artists,” published by Hyperion in 2004.

About the Distinguished Lecture Series

The College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lecture is free and open to the public.

Gross will join the growing list of accomplished CoAS distinguished lecturers, which includes author Sir Salman Rushdie, media maven Arianna Huffington, neuroscientist David Eagleman, religion scholar and author Reza Aslan, designer and urban planner Candy Chang, award-winning novelist Zadie Smith, biologist Robert Sapolsky, PhD and podcast host and creator Jad Abumrad.

Please direct any inquiries regarding the event to Jennifer Yusin at