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May 23, 2012

Barbara Walters, Craig Ferguson bring star power to Meliora Weekend

Barbara WaltersVeteran journalist Barbara Walters and late-night TV host Craig Ferguson will headline the 12th Meliora Weekend, Oct. 11–14.

Walters, a correspondent for ABC News and creator, co-host, and executive producer of The View, will be the keynote speaker. Ferguson of The Late Late Show on CBS will be the headline entertainer for an evening show.

More than 5,000 attendees are expected for four days of lectures, performances, seminars, and social gatherings during Meliora Weekend.

After several years of increasing demand for tickets to the keynote address, an online lottery system will be available to the University community during the live registration period. Details will be announced this summer.

Craig FergusonWalters was cohost and chief correspondent of ABC News’ 20/20 for 25 years and has interviewed every U.S. president and first lady since Richard Nixon. In addition, she has conducted interviews with world figures from Great Britain’s former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to former Cuban President Fidel Castro. In December, she conducted an exclusive interview with Syria’s embattled president, Bashir al Assad, in Damascus.

She has received 12 Emmy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys. She has received honorary doctoral degrees from Sarah Lawrence College, Ohio State University, Temple University, Marymount College, Wheaton College, Hofstra University, and Ben-Gurion University in Jerusalem.

Previous keynote speakers for Meliora Weekend have included President Bill Clinton, medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, University alumnus and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, journalist Anderson Cooper, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.).

Ferguson is the Emmy Award–nominated host of The Late Late Show. He follows in the footsteps of his former costar, Drew Carey, from the popular television series The Drew Carey Show, who performed at Meliora Weekend in 2006.

Complete Meliora Weekend program and ticket guidelines will be announced this summer. For details, visit the Meliora Weekend website at www.rochester.edu/melioraweekend.

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