Buzz: Relive the ‘Rat Pack’ this Saturday night. Former CNN executive to speak at Berry March 25. Chieftains, Berry team up on lecture. Tallatoona welcomes Gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams for March 16 fundraiser.

Buzz: Relive the ‘Rat Pack’ this Saturday night. Former CNN executive to speak at Berry March 25. Chieftains, Berry team up on lecture. Tallatoona welcomes Gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams for March 16 fundraiser.

Rome’s Own Clock Tower Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Sam Baltzer, will perform a ‘Rat Pack RAT-trospective’ starring three performers with Rome roots:  Curtis Reed, Greg Robbins and Thunder Pinard. Hits will include Fly Me to the Moon, My Way, Strangers in the Night, That’s Amore, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime, Mr. Bojangles, I’ve Got to Be Me. The concert is Saturday, March 9, starting at 7:30 p.m., at the Rome City Auditorium.  It’s part of the R.O.M.E. concert series and the R.O.M.E. season ticket is valid.  Additional tickets are available in advance for $10 at Kroger store and online for $12 at  Tickets are also available for $12 at the door.

Parisa Khosravi

Award-winning former CNN journalist and news executive Parisa Khosravi will speak at 7 p.m. March 25, as part of the Berry College Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership lecture series. Her lecture “Compassion and Integrity in Leadership,” will be in the Krannert Ballroom and is free and open to the public.

Khosravi has more than three decades of experience as a member of the CNN team. She served as CNN’s senior vice president of international newsgathering, national news gathering, global relations and the first ever ambassador for CNN Worldwide. She played a vital role in historic coverage of countless award-winning news stories including Tiananmen Square, the live coverage of both Iraq Wars, the Fall of the Eastern Bloc and Sept. 11.

Her perspective has evolved throughout the years as an immigrant, a journalist and a mother. She didn’t just cover revolutions, she lived through one personally and experienced her own life change dramatically after the 1979 revolution in Iran. She leads with compassion and integrity earning the nickname of “Mother Parisa” to many of her colleagues. She lives by the motto: you never know what is inside someone until you give them a chance.

In addition, Khosravi oversaw The CNN Freedom Project, an award-winning, multi-platform initiative that aimed to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery and push for change, as well as numerous other CNN global initiatives such as girls’ education. She directed CNN’s largest investment in international newsgathering in its history and strategically increased the number of bureaus around the world helping to place new operations in emerging global centers and in the Middle East.

Khosravi has won a duPont and been nominated for an Emmy. She also led the network’s Peabody and Emmy Award-winning coverage of the conflicts through the Middle East and North Africa. Her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism is from Columbia College in Chicago and she studied French at the Université de Sorbonne in Paris.

The Cecil B. Wright III Integrity in Leadership Lecture Series is named for Berry alumnus and trustee Cecil B. “Buster” Wright III in honor of his role as a force behind the Berry Center for Integrity in Leadership and its mentoring program, his financial commitments and his personal character.

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of Major Ridge on the Chieftains property, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home is co-sponsoring a lecture, “River Cane: Cultural Workhorse and Ecological Powerhouse for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in North Carolina,” by Dr. David Cozzo on March 26 at 7pm in Evans Auditorium on the Berry College campus. Dr. Cozzo is an Area Specialized Agent for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension based at the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians Extension Center and is the Project Director for the Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources. An ethnobotanist, he also teaches courses and has published articles on the nutritional and medical ethnobotany of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. The lecture is free and open to the public. The presentation on Cherokee ethnobotany is co-sponsored by Chieftains Museum along with the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science programs and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Berry College as part of the Chieftains Lecture Series at Berry College. Visit or call (706) 291-9494.

From Tallatoona CAP Inc.: On Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m., we will be welcoming award-winning Gospel recording artist Yolanda Adams to Crosspoint City Church in Cartersville. Tickets are $35 and proceeds will benefit our programs for low-income families and children.Tickets may be purchased via Eventbrite or at our Central Office, cash only please, located at 1010 N. Tennessee St., Suite 107, Cartersville.  Details: 770-382-5388.
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