The William D. Reimert Lecture Series
at Cedar Crest College
The William D. Reimert Lecture Series was established by Mrs. Virginia Reimert in honor of her husband. Reimert, who was president and executive editor of the Call-Chronicle Newspapers at the time of his death in 1969, started his newspaper career working on The Morning Call while a student at Ursinus College. He became a member of the regular reporting staff in 1925.
Reimert looked upon the American free press as part of the nation’s greatest heritage. He once wrote, “I am proud to be a part of that press. It is a press that has helped give the nation its freedom, that is dedicated to keeping it free by forever giving truth to a free people.” This was the only newspaper creed he ever practiced or tolerated.
On the subject of education, Reimert said: "Here, then, is the great challenge that confronts the small college today — to develop an intelligent insight into relevant knowledge, to teach students to choose from all the things that could be known, the important things that must be known to make life rich and meaningful, to teach, not so much how to earn a living, but what to do with a living after we get it." Reimert received an honorary doctor of literature degree from Cedar Crest College in 1967.
Past Reimert Lecturers
- Harold Evans, editor, The Sunday Times of London
- James Reston, syndicated columnist
- William F. Buckley, syndicated columnist
- Howard Simons, managing editor, The Washington Post
- Betty Friedan, feminist author
- Ben Wattenburg, demographer
- Pierre S. DuPont IV, governor of Delaware
- Jean Broward Shevlin Gerard, classical scholar and modern linguist
- Richard Lammn, governor of Colorado
- Claudine Schneider, U.S. representative
- Pat Choate, author/economist
- Ernest R. May, professor of history, Harvard University
- Dr. C. Everett Koop, former U.S. surgeon general
- Edward D. Miller, associate of The Poynter Institute; former publisher and CEO, The Morning Call
- Dr. Dean Ornish, president, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, best-selling author and cardiac researcher
- Stephen L. Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University
- Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University, Author of “Bowling Alone.”
- Michael Mandelbaum, professor of American foreign policy at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University
- Walter Cronkite, broadcasting pioneer, former anchor of "The CBS Evening News"