Distributed October 23, 2001
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Christopher Reeve to give Parents Weekend keynote lecture
Actor, director and activist Christopher Reeve will deliver the keynote address during this year’s Parents Weekend on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching. Because of space limitations, the event will be open only to Brown students and their parents. Limited space will be available to press by prior arrangement with the News Service.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Actor/director Christopher Reeve will deliver the Parents Weekend keynote address on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green.
Editors: This event is not open to the public; tickets will be issued only to Brown students and their parents. Limited press seating will be available, however. Contact the News Service no later than 5 p.m. Friday to make arrangements to attend. Because press space is limited, News Service credentials will be required.
Reeve, the parent of a Brown senior, is an award-winning actor and director, a longtime activist, and a best-selling author. From his first acting venture at age 15, Reeve has distinguished himself in a variety of stage, screen and television roles, including Superman and its sequels; Deathtrap; Street Smart; and The Remains of the Day. His stage performances include The Marriage of Figaro and Fifth of July.
Since his injury in equestrian competition in 1995, Reeve has put a human face on spinal cord injury and has championed research to develop effective treatments for the complex diseases of the brain and central nervous system. He has been chairman of the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation since 1997. He has also continued to work on the set, earning several Emmy nominations and capturing six Cable Ace Awards, including Best Director, for his 1997 directorial debut, In the Gloaming. A 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window earned him the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor in a Television Movie. His 1998 biography, Still Me, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 11 weeks and received a Best Spoken Word Grammy award.