Anderson University will host Thurston Clarke, nationally-known scholar and Robert F. Kennedy biographer, during a free public session at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Reardon Auditorium lobby.

Clarke’s session will focus on the importance of political communication. Clarke has written 11 widely acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, including three New York Times Notable Books. Clark’s most recent book is “The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America.”

Clarke’s “Pearl Harbor Ghosts” was the basis of a CBS documentary, and his best-selling “Lost Hero,” a biography of Raoul Wallenberg, was made into an award-winning NBC miniseries. His articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The Washington Post and many other publications.

He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards and lives with his wife and three daughters in upstate New York. He has degrees from Yale University, London University School of Oriental and African Studies and Columbia University.

Later in the day, Clarke will be a part of a panel discussion at the conclusion of the 7:30 p.m. free public screening in Reardon Auditorium of “A Ripple of Hope,” a documentary by Covenant Productions. “A Ripple of Hope” will review the events that occurred in Indiana on April 4, 1968, the day the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, and explore the enduring legacy of Kennedy’s appearance in Indianapolis on that day.

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