John Osullivan

The John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series

Activism or Empire: The Athlete’s Dilemma

howard bryant

Howard Bryant

Author, Senior ESPN Writer, and Meadowlark Media 
Sports Commentator

4 pm,Tuesday, November 16 Schmidt Family Complex | FAU BOCA RATON

Lecture tickets: $20 | Lecture and VIP reception: $50
Student tickets: Free  | Tickets at or 561-297-6124

Howard “Howie” Bryant is an American author, sports journalist, and radio and television personality. He writes weekly columns for, “ESPN The Magazine,” and is a regular guest on ESPN Radio. Bryant is also a frequent panelist on “The Sports Reporters” and since 2006 has been the sports correspondent for “Weekend Edition” with Scott Simon on “National Public Radio.” Bryant has also written a biography on the late Hank Aaron and baseball, and he was nominated for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

In the 1980s, he began a career in jounalism.  Starting with The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commenttor on public affairs for some 30 years. jTwice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-wimming political analysis teams.  In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising.

Over the years, he has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities.  Among his current boards are Teach for America, The Mission Continues, The Trilateral Commission, and Elon University's School of Law.

Gergen's work as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School has enabled him to work closely witha  rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans amd Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum.  Through the generosity of outside donors, the Center helps to provide scholarships to over 100 students a year, preparing them to serve as leaders for the common good.  The Center also promotes scholarship at the frontiers of  leadership studies.

A native of North Carolina, Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S, Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission.  He is an honors graduate of the Yale and the Harvard Law School.  He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.