WILKES-BARRE, PA. (Feb. 18, 2013) – Mary McBride, singer-songwriter and cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department, will discuss her experiences at Wilkes University on Tuesday, Feb. 19. McBride will speak about “Cultural Diplomacy In Action” at 4 p.m. in the Miller Room of the Henry Student Center at Wilkes University. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
McBride and her band have released four albums – “Everything Seemed Alright,” “By Any Other Name,” “Every Day Is a Holiday,” and "The Way Home." The singer received acclaim for her performance of “No One’s Gonna Love You like Me” on-screen and on the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, directed by Ang Lee, and also was chosen by Elton John to sing at the 35th Anniversary Concert of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” McBride and her band members have performed more than 1,000 live shows and have collaborated, performed or toured with Blondie, Chubby Checker Cyndi Lauper, Delbert McClinton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, LL Cool J, Lou Reed, Marcia Ball, Maria Muldaur, Patti Smith, Mavis Staples, Philip Glass, Ray Davies, B52s, Indigo Girls, Tony Joe White, and Ziggy Marley.
McBride has most recently been touring as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department with trips to Russia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan, Laos, Vietnam and Taiwan. Her highly acclaimed visit to Pakistan in 2011 led the U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter to say, "Mary McBride’s cultural exchange is exactly the type of program that is the basis of friendship between the Pakistani people and the American people." McBride has performed at HDI’s Global Creative Forum and will also play a central role in the proposed South and Central Asia Creative Forum.
McBride’s talk is part of a collaboration between Wilkes and the U.N. Presented in partnership with the Higher Education Alliance for the United Nations, the program brings U.N. officials to campus throughout the year for lectures and informal meetings with students. Wilkes is the only northeast Pennsylvania college participating in the program.