Tom Brokaw, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will deliver a 2008 Compton lecture titled "Life Is Not Virtual" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, in Kirsch Auditorium.
An internationally respected journalist, Brokaw served as the NBC anchor for 21 years. He was the NBC White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal, advancing to lead NBC's coverage of primaries, national conventions and election nights in 1984, 1988 and 1992. Brokaw, 68, is the author of "The Greatest Generation" (1998) and "A Long Way from Home" (2002).
The Karl Taylor Compton Lecture Series was established in 1957 to honor the late Karl Taylor Compton, who served as president of MIT from 1930 to 1948 and chairman of the Corporation from 1948 to 1954. The purpose of the lectureship is to give the MIT community direct contact with the important ideas of our times and with people who have contributed much to modern thought.
This event in the series is sponsored by the MIT Information Center and the Office of the President.