Annual Dinner in the Library to Feature NPR’s Ari Shapiro Sept. 9

Posted On: August 15, 2016

Fundraiser set in iconic Geisel Library building benefits UC San Diego Library’s greatest needs

CarouselThe University of California San Diego’s 13th annual Dinner in the Library—set in the iconic Geisel Library building—will take place Friday, Sept. 9, featuring Ari Shapiro, award-winning journalist and co-host of NPR’s popular radio news show, “All Things Considered.” Shapiro will take guests “Behind the News of the Moment,” sharing his insight on the making of the news, which promises to be fascinating with the presidential election just a few months away. In addition to Shapiro’s talk, Dinner in the Library will include a signature cocktail hour, gourmet dinner, and champagne and dessert reception.

Proceeds from the event will support the greatest needs of the UC San Diego Library, which include renovations and enhancements to the Geisel Library to better meet the ever-changing information needs of students, faculty and community members.

“Support from Dinner in the Library is essential to help ensure that the UC San Diego Library remains one of the nation’s leading academic libraries,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “The UC San Diego Library is an essential resource that fuels the groundbreaking research and scholarly discoveries that UC San Diego has become known for around the world.”

During the event, Shapiro will draw upon his remarkable career as a globe-trotting journalist and co-host of the nation’s most popular afternoon commute-time news broadcast. Whether reporting from London or New Orleans, Shapiro transports his listeners to the scenes of some of the world’s most compelling news events. Among his many achievements, Shapiro was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age 30, and has received numerous honors and recognition for his journalistic work. In addition to chronicling four years of President Barack Obama’s administration as White House correspondent, he covered the U.S. courts and the American justice system during an especially turbulent time, and was the first recipient of the American Judges’ Association American Gavel Award. Shapiro has also been honored by the Columbia Journalism Review and the American Bar Association for his work on disability benefits for injured veterans and the failures of Louisiana’s detention system after Hurricane Katrina, respectively. A frequent guest analyst on television news programs, Shapiro also finds time for an occasional singing gig with the “little orchestra,” Pink Martini. Read more…

Reach for the Stars at 2016 Dinner in the Library

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Posted On: April 20, 2016

The UC San Diego Library’s popular Dinner in the Library (DiL) gala will take place on Friday, September 9, 2016, in the iconic Geisel Library. While the event is now in its 13th year, this year’s “DiL” promises to be anything but unlucky, given the fabulous speaker we’ve attracted this year: NPR’s Ari Shapiro! Ari wears a variety of journalistic hats, but he’s known primarily as the co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered radio program. We are also ushering in a new tradition with this year’s event, with a new Honorary Committee, chaired by prominent local author and longtime Dinner in the Library supporter, Jeanne Jones.

The Dinner in the Library Honorary Committee includes a stellar round-up of San Diegans who share a commitment to the university and the Library. Members include: Rita L. and Richard C. Atkinson; Mary Ann Beyster; Linden and Ronne Blue; Joye D. Blount and Jessie J. Knight, Jr.; Donald Breitenberg; Jessica Cline; Phyllis and Daniel J. Epstein; Theresa and Standish Fleming; Alison and George Gildred; Jane and Edgar Gillenwaters; Jeanne and Gary Herberger; Reena and Sam Horowitz; Margret and Nevins McBride; Sandra Redman and Jeff Mueller; Zandra Rhodes and Salah Hassanein; and Dixie and Ken Unruh. Read more…

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