Anderson Cooper, new Sox Manager Valentine to headline Salem State lecture series

SALEM – Salem State University has officially announced the lineup for their popular public lecture series which celebrates its 30th year bringing nationally and internationally recognized statesmen, sports legends, best-selling authors, researchers, adventurers, and others to its North Shore campus.

Renowned investigative journalist, author and television host Anderson Cooper will visit on April 24, and new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine will take the O’Keefe Center stage on November 8. Valentine will appear in conversation with noted baseball journalist Peter Gammons.

The series is presented under the auspices of the Salem State University Foundation, and has once again been sponsored by longtime supporter Giant Glass. Cranney Companies is also a feature sponsor for the 2012 season.

Both lectures will be held at Salem State University’s O’Keefe Center, 225 Canal Street in Salem, and begin at 8 pm.

Ticket prices range from $10 for students to $100 for inner circle seating that includes a post-lecture reception with Mr. Anderson. Other categories are available for $20 (general admission), $50 and $80 per person.

Tickets for both presentations may be purchases online at, or by calling the box office at 978.542.7555.  Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 9 at 10 am.


Anderson Cooper

Through his live, on-the-ground reports from Iraq, Afghanistan and the hurricane ravaged Gulf Coast and his deft skills moderating both Republican and Democratic presidential candidate debates, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has earned America’s trust as an unbiased and eloquent journalist whose reports reveal the depth of his research and capture both the humanity—and inhumanity—of man.


Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine, who replaced longtime manager Terry Francona in December 2011, is the storied team’s 45th manager. When his own playing days ended, Valentine distinguished himself as a manager, leading the New York Mets to a 97–66 record and a wild card playoff berth in 1999. The baseball guru eventually turned his sights to sports journalism, making his broadcast debut as a baseball analyst for ESPN during the 2009 American and National League Championship Series and World Series.

Valentine will be joined on stage by noted sportswriter and baseball journalist Peter Gammons, a three-time recipient of the National Sportswriter of the Year Award, voted annually by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.


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