Former Florida governor and presidential candidate Jeb Bush will kick off IPFW's 2016-17 Omnibus Lecture Series, featuring speakers from the world of politics, journalism and sports.
New York Times correspondent and Fort Wayne native Charlie Savage, NCAA President Mark Emmett and Dr. Bennet Omalu, whose life is chronicled in the film "Concussion," round out the series.
The lectures take place in The John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center’s Auer Performance Hall on the IPFW campus. Free tickets are required and will be available three weeks before each event.
"Leadership, Redefined: An Evening with Jeb Bush," will be presented Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Bush was a contender for the Republican presidential nomination. He was elected to two terms as Florida governor. Bush is the son of former President George H.W. Bush and brother of former President George W. Bush.
Savage is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and a Washington correspondent for the New York Times. He will speak Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Savage began covering post-9/11 issues in 2003 as a reporter for the Miami Herald, including those of national security, individual rights and rule of law. His first book, "Takeover," chronicled the Bush-Cheney administration’s efforts to expand presidential power. His second book, "Power Wars," was an investigative history of national-security legal policy issues in the Obama administration.
Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, will speak Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. He has championed greater support for student-athlete wellness and academic success, including raising the academic standards required for initial eligibility. Before leading the NCAA, he was the 30th president of his alma mater, the University of Washington.
Omalu's lecture is April 4 at 7:30 p.m. His breakthrough came in 2002, when he identified and named the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, which was originally discovered in the autopsy of legendary Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster.
Webster died at age 50 and his brain showed trauma signs doctors had never seen before. Within five years of reporting on Webster’s case, Omalu went on to identify CTE in eight more deceased NFL players. He was also the first to discover CTE in military veterans with PTSD and professional wrestlers.
The Omnibus Lecture Series has been supported by the English Bonter Mitchell Foundation since 1995.
Tickets can be obtained in person at the Larson Ticket Office in the Gates Athletics Center, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; online at ipfw.edu/box-office; and on the day of the event at the Rhinehart Music Center one hour before the lecture.