Ball State alum and TV host David Letterman will return to his old stomping grounds next month—and he’s bringing Oprah with him.
The “Late Show” host will appear with Oprah Winfrey on November 26 in Emens Auditorium. The program is part of the David Letterman Distinguished Professional and Workshop Series.
The media icons will hold a conversation that will touch on philanthropy and the power of media.
“The Letterman lecture series is known for one-of-a-kind encounters with today's most impressive leaders," said President Jo Ann M. Gora. "Oprah Winfrey’s story is inspirational on many levels. She overcame a challenging childhood to become a global media leader.
“Equally impressive is her commitment to the power of education. She has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children, and families around the world. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa is one example of how her philanthropy is developing the next generation of transformative leaders.
Gora said the event wouldn’t happen without Letterman’s “generous support” of the university and his ongoing participation in the lecture series, which has included previous guests like Ted Koppel, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, innovator Tom Kelley and public policy expert Kathleen Hall Jamieson.
Letterman also hosted conversations with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in 2010 and MSNBC prime-time host Rachel Maddow last fall.
Admission to the event is free, but tickets must be reserved in the 3,300-seat Emens Auditorium. Tickets will be available on a first come-first serve basis and are limited to two per person.
Students can pick up tickets at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, with their Ball State ID. Faculty and staff can get their tickets the following day. Tickets will be made available to the general public starting at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, and will be distributed as supplies last.
For more information, call the Emens Box Office at 765-285-1539 or toll-free at 877-993-6367.