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Scott Simon of National Public Radio to Deliver Horning Lecture

Scott Simon, Emmy Award winning National Public Radio Weekend Edition Saturday host and author of the Barnes and Noble Sports Book of the Year, Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball, will be the keynote speaker for the Creighton University Department of History Ross Horning Lecture at 7:30 p.m. April 15, in the Harper Center Hixson Lied Auditorium.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat for this free event, please register at cuhistory.eventbrite.com.

Simon's topic “How Jackie Robinson Transformed America,” is particularly appropriate as Jackie Robinson Day is celebrated in Major League Baseball every April 15 and this year marks the 66th anniversary of his Major League Debut.

Immediately following the lecture will be an opportunity to personally meet Simon at his book signing. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.

Known for his comforting voice and emotionally gripping writing style, Simon has an expansive reporting background that has taken him through the entire United States as well as to every continent. He has interviewed and profiled some of the most interesting personalities of the times, from Mother Teresa to Ariel Sharon and Wyclef Jean, to roving street kids in Rio. The Peabody-Award-winning journalist has covered 10 wars, hundreds of campaigns, sieges, famines, hurricanes, earthquakes, civil wars, and scandals.He is the author of several books including Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan, (2002) which topped the Los Angeles Times nonfiction bestseller list.

Tracy Leavelle, Ph.D., chairman of the Department of History said, “Having Scott Simon talk about Jackie Robinson at the lecture is very fitting given Ross Horning’s past life in baseball.”

The lecture is named for Ross Horning, a professor of history at Creighton University from 1964 until his death in 2005. In his early years, Horning spent time as a minor league baseball player. He loved to tell the story of how he was the only player ever to be traded in the middle of a game to the other team and that’s why he testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing in 1951 about baseball’s reserve clause.