MUNCIE, Ind. – Distinguished Ball State alumnus David Letterman, host of CBS’s “Late Show,” will return to his alma mater on Dec. 2, to host a conversation with Rachel Maddow at 4 p.m. in Emens Auditorium.
The conversation is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series established by the university in 2008.
Maddow’s MSNBC prime-time hit “The Rachel Maddow Show” will be broadcast live from the Ball State campus that evening. The program features her take on the biggest stories of the day, political and otherwise, including lively debate with guests from all sides of the issues, in-depth analysis and stories not found on other cable news programs.
The show’s September 2008 debut was the most successful launch in MSNBC history, immediately boosting ratings in its time slot, and was named one of the top shows of the decade by The Washington Post in 2009. Maddow herself was named a “Breakout Star of 2008” by The Washington Post; The Los Angeles Times named her among the “Best of Television 2008”; and she was named one of the “Top Ten Political Newcomers of 2008” by Politico.com.
“The Letterman lecture series has come to be known for distinctive encounters with today’s most impressive thought leaders,” said President Jo Ann M. Gora. “Rachel Maddow is emerging as one of the most thought provoking political commentators in the nation. I’m confident that this conversation will challenge our students to think critically about their roles as today’s voters and tomorrow’s leaders. We are grateful to Dave for his generous support of the university and his ongoing engagement and participation in the series. His direct participation has made this unique opportunity possible.”
Admission to the event in the 3,300-seat Emens Auditorium is free. The university anticipates high demand for seats. Tickets must be secured in advance and will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the Emens Box Office starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 10. Tickets are limited to two per person and will continue to be distributed at the Emens Ticket Box Office from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, while supplies last. The event will be reserved seating.
For more information on tickets call the Emens Box Office at (765) 285-1539 or toll-free at 1-877-993-6367.