Norville to open 2018-19 season

Trumbull Town Hall at Packard Music Hall

Tribune Chronicle

The 41st Trumbull Town Hall season will open with the speaker originally scheduled to start its 40th season.

Deborah Norville, host of the syndicated news magazine “Inside Edition,” will kick off the 2018-19 season on Sept. 19. The Emmy Award winner was forced to cancel her lecture last September because of a work conflict and was replaced with CBS journalist Steve Hartman.

In her career, Norville also has worked as a former cohost of NBC’s “Today Show,” anchor for “NBC News at Sunrise,” and a correspondent for “Street Stories” and “48 Hours.”

The new season was announced Wednesday before a Trumbull Town Hall program at Packard Music Hall. Other speakers in 2018-19 include:

l Nov. 14 — Wendy Schiller, professor of political science at Brown University, who will speak on “What Would the Founding Fathers Say About America Today?” Schiller has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and Bloomberg Radio.

l March 20, 2019 — Susan Schulman, who worked as a theatrical press agent for more than 40 years, will share behind-the-scenes tales in a program called “Backstage Pass to Broadway.”

l April 24, 2019 — Elliot Engel will return for a program on “The Greatest Mind of All — Leonardo da Vinci.” The professor, who has taught at the University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University and Duke University, has given more Trumbull Town Hall lectures than any other speaker, and this will be his 12th appearance.

Season tickets for the upcoming season are on sale now and are available for $80 if purchased by May 31 and $95 after that date. Those who purchase season tickets by April 8 also will receive a free ticket for the final TTH program of the current season with film historian Marc Lapadula speaking on the genius of Alfred Hitchcock on April 18.

All programs start at 10:30 a.m. at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren. For season tickets or more information, call 330-240-1706 or go to