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Eyewitness to History: An Evening with Former Chief White House Photographer Pete Souza

Code:
EVT 565
Day:
Thursday
Date(s):
Oct 18
Time:
7:30 pm
Location:
CEMEX Auditorium, GSB Knight Management Center
Cost:
FREE
Additional Info:
Ticket reservation opens at 8:30 am PDT Monday, August 20. Maximum 1 ticket per person. ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY (in-person registration is not available).
Status: Get Tickets
Join us for a special evening with critically acclaimed photographer Pete Souza as he discusses his experience as the Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama. During Obama’s two terms, Souza was with the president during more crucial moments than anyone else—and he photographed them all. He captured nearly two million photographs of the president, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. In addition to his documentary coverage at the White House, Souza traveled with the president aboard Air Force One to all fifty states and more than fifty countries, logging 1.5 million miles.

Souza’s photographs communicate the pace and power of the nation’s highest office, and document the most consequential hours of the presidency—including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the Osama bin Laden mission—alongside unguarded moments with the president’s family, his interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. Souza will discuss his 2017 book, Obama: An Intimate Portrait, which contains more than 300 iconic photographs with detailed captions and background stories, putting you in the White House during a landmark era in American history.


Pete Souza, Photographer; Professor of Visual Communications, Emeritus, Ohio University

Pete Souza is a freelance photographer in the Washington, DC, area and is the former director of the White House Photography Office. He previously was a national photographer for the Chicago Tribune , a freelancer for National Geographic , and an official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan. He is the author of five photography books, including The Rise of Barack Obama , which documents the 44th president’s meteoric ascent from the US Senate through the 2008 presidential primary.

EVENT FAQs

TICKET RESERVATION

How do I reserve my ticket?
Eventbrite ticket reservations are available ONLINE ONLY through the Get Tickets link above beginning at 8:30 am Monday, August 20. In-person reservations are not available.

How many tickets can I reserve?
One ticket per person. Each ticket must have its own name and associated email address, and match the person presenting the ticket at check-in (multiple tickets under the same name will be forfeited). We want to accommodate as many people as possible; we appreciate your cooperation!

Can I choose my seat?
No. Tickets are general admission only (first-come, first-choice seating).

When does ticketing close?
Reservations close at 12:00 pm Wednesday, October 17, or when the event sells out – whichever happens first.

The system says the event is sold out. Is there a waitlist?
Yes. When prompted, join the waitlist and fill in your contact information. See the Waitlist section below for more information.

I can no longer attend. Can I release my ticket on Eventbrite?
Yes. Please log into your account and follow the instructions to cancel your ticket. This will generate a notification to the next person on the waitlist.

WAITLIST

I’m on the waitlist. What’s next?
When a ticket becomes available, Eventbrite will notify the person at the top of the waitlist via email. You will have one day to claim the ticket before it's offered to the next person in line. Please make sure your email client allows messages from Eventbrite to be delivered to your inbox instead of spam/junk folders.

How long will tickets be offered to the waitlist?
We will offer available tickets to the waitlist until 12:00 pm Wednesday, October 17.

If I’m not offered a ticket by the event date, can I still show up?
Yes – there will be a stand-by queue at the venue. Beginning at 7:20 pm, available seats will be offered to people in the queue in the order they arrived. Please note, we cannot guarantee everyone a seat.

DAY-OF THE EVENT

What time should I arrive?
Check-in begins at 6:30 pm and doors open at 7:00 pm. Seats not claimed by 7:20 pm will be offered to the stand-by queue.

What do I need to bring?
Please bring your Eventbrite ticket, either in paper or electronic form. Each ticket must have its own name and associated email address, and match the person presenting the ticket at check-in (multiple tickets under the same name will be forfeited). Also, due to the venue’s fixed ventilation system, we strongly encourage layered clothing for optimal comfort.

If I don't have a ticket, will there be a stand-by line?
Yes - there will be a stand-by queue at the venue. Beginning at 7:20 pm, available seats will be offered to people in the queue in the order they arrived. Please note that we may not be able to offer a seat to everyone in line.

Is food or drink allowed inside?
No.

Will Pete Souza be signing books before or after the event?
Due to Mr. Souza's travel schedule, he will not be available to sign personal copies at the event; however, the Stanford Bookstore will sell pre-signed copies of Obama: An Intimate Portrait after the event concludes.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Please contact the Continuing Studies office at continuingstudies@stanford.edu.
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