Time Magazine columnist and bestselling author Joe Klein will open the 2012–13 Jepson Leadership Forum, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., at University of Richmond’s Jepson Alumni Center. This year’s theme is “Groundbreakers: People, Ideas and Innovations That Changed the World.”

Klein anonymously wrote the bestseller “Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics,” which became an Academy Award-nominated film. A veteran reporter for 10 presidential campaigns, he also authored “The Running Mate” and “Politics Lost,” in addition to writing his award-wining weekly column, “In the Arena.”

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required.  Visit jepson.richmond.edu/forum or call 804-287-6522 to register or for more information. The talk is co-sponsored by the departments of political science and journalism.

Other speakers in this year’s Jepson Forum are:

  • Frans Johansson, strategic advisor to Fortune 500 companies, Nov. 14, 6 p.m., Ukrop Auditorium, Queally Hall; also part of the Robins Executive Speaker Series.
  • Curt Tofteland, creator of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program, Jan. 23, 7 p.m., Jepson Alumni Center.
  • Richard Rhodes, nuclear historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Making of the Atomic Bomb,” Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Camp Concert Hall.
  • Nan Keohane, former Duke University president; the first woman to be president of both a women’s college and a major research university; April 15, 7 p.m., Jepson Alumni Center.