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Last modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Charlie Rose to wrap up ArtsWeek 2008

Feb. 27, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- For nearly a quarter of a century, Charlie Rose has interviewed some of the world's most powerful and artistic people. From political powerhouses including President George W. Bush, Nelson Mandela and Henry Kissinger to artistic geniuses including Damien Hirst, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Francis Ford Coppola, Rose's experiences have given him a breadth and depth of knowledge and insight rarely accumulated by any one person. And Rose will soon share his experiences with the Bloomington community.

On Sunday, March 2, at 6 p.m., Rose will present a talk at the Indiana University Auditorium free of charge -- no tickets required -- to anyone willing to listen. The event is the culmination of ArtsWeek, a 24-year-old community tradition sponsored by Indiana University Bloomington, that celebrates the arts.

This year's winter arts festival's theme is "Politics and the Arts." Between Feb. 20 and March 2, various events examine how "politics shapes artistic expression, or suppresses it, and how various art forms represent political points of view," according to the ArtsWeek Web site. And with Rose's background, he is perfectly primed to deliver an engaging and entertaining talk within the theme.

"I've watched Charlie Rose interview a cast of hundreds over the years, so I'll be interested in seeing him on his own, giving us his insider's perspective on the impact of politics on the arts and humanities," said IU Director of Communications and Special Projects Sherry Knighton-Schwandt. "It's very important to note that without the support of the Office of the President, this event would not be happening. I'm also delighted that the Union Board is supporting the event as well. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Doug Booher from the IU Auditorium to bring Charlie Rose to Bloomington to close out 11 days of innovative, intellectually stimulating, and engaging events that have occurred throughout ArtsWeek. It's going to be a good time."

Rose is crafting his talk to suit the week's topic, and he is preparing a visual show as well. And with a plethora of archived video footage of interviews with some of the world's most prominent leaders in politics and art, his presentation is sure to not disappoint.