Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, whose investigative reporting helped bring down the Nixon presidency, will lecture together at Stony Brook University on Oct. 16.

The talk, "Looking at the Presidency: from Nixon to Obama," will start at 4 p.m. at the university's Staller Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

"The opportunity to reunite Carl Bernstein -- now our presidential professor -- and Bob Woodward on the same stage at Stony Brook University, should not be missed by anyone on campus or in the community," said Stony Brook President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

This will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning duo's first joint presentation on campus, though each has appeared separately there.

Woodward, 71, is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he and Bernstein reported a series of stories on scandals during Richard M. Nixon's presidency that came to be known as Watergate.

Bernstein, 70, is an independent writer and has co-taught three courses at Stony Brook, where he is the only faculty member with the title of visiting presidential professor. Both journalists appear frequently on CNN and other networks.

They were in their 20s in 1972, when a security guard caught burglars breaking into the Democratic National Committee's headquarters at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C.

The FBI tied the burglars to Nixon's main re-election committee. The Nixon administration's attempts to cover up the scandal led to impeachment proceedings and, in August 1974, the United States' first-ever resignation of a president.

In addition to their frequent solo TV appearances, Bernstein and Woodward have lectured together several times during the 40th anniversary year of Nixon's resignation -- for example, last month in Cleveland and Houston.

"Audiences always want to know about what is dominating the news at the moment," Bernstein said Friday. "The questions have changed over the years as much as the historic context and additional knowledge about Watergate has changed, especially with the release of additional Nixon tapes and the abundant evidence of his criminality throughout his presidency."

Stony Brook University has scheduled a free Oct. 14 screening of "All the President's Men," the 1976 movie about the Watergate investigation based on the Woodward-Bernstein book of the same name. The film starts at 7 p.m. at the Charles B. Wang Theater.

Woodward's and Bernstein's appearance is part of a presidential lecture series presented by Stanley that also has featured Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, as well as Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, award-winning broadcasters and authors of "The Rich and the Rest of Us."

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