Madison, N.J. - A late-night comedian, an iconic New York athlete and the author who inspired Hamilton are featured in Drew University’s lineup of Drew Forum speakers this semester.

The appearances of comedian Seth Meyers, former New York Knick Earl Monroe and Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow follow those of Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and New York Times columnist Gail Collins in the fall. Here’s a closer look at the upcoming speakers.

Feb. 4: Seth Meyers

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The host of Late Night With Seth Meyers first made a name for himself as a writer and performer on Saturday Night Live. During 13 seasons at SNL, he earned an Emmy as a writer, co-hosted the Weekend Update segment and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents Association Dinner. For all his accomplishments, Time recognized him as one of the 100 most influential people of 2014. At the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m.

March 14: Earl Monroe

The Hall of Fame basketball star known as “Earl the Pearl” talks with Pulitzer Prize–winning sportswriter Ira Berkow for the Drew Forum miniseries In The Game. Hear how the former New York Knicks guard influenced the sport with signature moves that compiled points with style. He’ll also discuss life after basketball, which includes running a record label and earning a Peabody Award for producing the documentary Black Magic. At The Concert Hall, 8 p.m.

April 5: Ron Chernow

As this year’s Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lecturer, the esteemed biographer will illuminate the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, the subject of his 2004 book. The author recently entered the popular-culture consciousness when Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Pulitzer-Prize winning musical Hamilton, credited him with inspiring his work. Chernow is also the play’s historical advisor. At Simon Forum, 8 p.m.


Tickets for Meyers are $45 and can be purchased at The Monroe and Chernow tickets are $32 each and available at


Drew Forum is presented with support from the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation and the Thomas H. Kean Visiting Lectureship. Past speakers include American presidents and vice presidents, foreign heads of state, nationally recognized print and broadcast journalists, noted historians and White House cabinet secretaries.

About Drew University

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in 30 disciplines.


Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, six semesters in New York City (Wall Street, United Nations, Contemporary Art, Communications and Media, Social Entrepreneurship and Theatre) and several international semester programs. The University also houses the Center for Civic Engagement, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.