There’s room for more than 300 additional people at this year’s Schieffer Symposium.
The 10th annual Symposium is expanding with a live feed to the Brown-Lupton University Union auditorium so that an overflow audience can attend.
The event, which will be held in Ed Landreth Hall on April 9, has already filled all 1,200 seats.
About one-third of the tickets for overflow seating in the BLUU auditorium are already taken, said David Whillock, dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.
Before the event, the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” will be broadcast from the Convergence Center.
After the live news broadcast, Bob Woodward, Scott Pelley, Peggy Noonan and Jane Pauley will join Bob Schieffer on stage in the Ed Landreth Auditorium for the symposium.
The symposium has changed very little since 2005, said Tommy Thomason, the founding director of the Schieffer School of Journalism.
“It started out as one of the top symposia of journalism in the United States and it has continued to be that,” Thomason said.
The Schieffer Symposium is an opportunity for top journalists to come together on the same stage and interact with each other, Thomason said.
“Students in journalism get to meet these news figures personally and by the same token those national news figures get to know our students,” John Lumpkin, the director of the School of Journalism, said.
“I don’t know that there is any gathering like this in any school across the nation this year, with this many speakers of this caliber brought together at the same time,” Thomason said.