Annual Lectures

Boise Distinguished humanities lecture

Friday, April 8, 2022

PBS NewsHour host Jeffrey Brown to Speak in Boise on Friday, April 8, 2022

Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society for PBS NewsHour, will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 23rd Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture at Boise Centre West. The title of Brown’s talk is “The Public Good”: A Defense.

The event is supported in part by Holland & Hart, Idaho Public Television, and Boise State Public Radio. Brown’s lecture is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

NewsHour is public television's prestigious nightly news program viewed by millions. During Brown’s career with NewsHour he has served as co-anchor, studio moderator, and field reporter on a wide range of national and international issues.

The topic of this lecture is Brown’s observation that the notion of “public good” is under stress in many areas of our culture and politics. He reflects on his own experience attending public schools and university, as well as his own work in public broadcasting – and looks at what it means that institutions such as these all under threat at federal, state and local levels.

In a career spanning more than thirty years at the NewsHour, Brown has interviewed numerous leading American and international newsmakers, moderated studio discussions on a vast array of topics, and reported from across the United States and other regions of the globe. As arts correspondent, he has profiled many of the world's leading writers, musicians and other artists. As senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade, he helped shape the program's coverage of the economy, healthcare, social policy, culture, and other areas. In addition, he leads the NewsHour’s extensive coverage of arts and culture "Canvas.” He also hosts the monthly book club, "Now Read This," a collaboration with The New York Times.

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