Pulitzer Prize-Winning Foreign Affairs Author and Journalist Speaks at Denison
Posted: October 31, 2005
Former foreign correspondent of The New York Times and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler will speak during common hour from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 10) in Slayter Hall Auditorium. Shipler is the author ofArab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Landand more recentlyThe Working Poor: Invisible in America. His presentation is sponsored by the McGregor Fund and the Alford Center for Service-Learning as a part of the "Built by Rasp and Bicycle" program and is free and open to the public.
Shipler also will be the featured speaker at a dinner for Denison Community Association members, where he has been asked to make a few remarks on "Being an Effective Change Agent in Today's World," and will speak at 10 p.m. to students participating in the Hunger and Homelessness Sleep Out on the Quad.
Shipler began writing for the New York Times in the 1960s, where he won awards from the American Political Science Association, the New York Newspaper Guild and elsewhere covering housing, poverty, and politics. His first book, the best-sellerRussia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, won the Overseas Press Club Award as the best book on foreign affairs in 1983.
From 1979-1984, he served as bureau chief of The New York Times in Jerusalem, where he was co-recipient of the 1983 George Polk Award with Thomas Friedman for their coverage of the Lebanon War.
Shipler spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute in Washington to writeArab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, which explores the mutual perceptions and relationships between Arabs and Jews in Israel and the West Bank. The book won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. Shipler was the executive producer, writer, and narrator of the two-hour PBS documentary based on the book, which won a 1990 Dupont-Columbia award for broadcast journalism, and of the one-hour film based on the book, which aired on PBS in August 2002.
His most recent book,The Working Poor: Invisible in America, examines the webs that trap hard-working Americans in poverty and argues that the U.S. can solve this problem, but only by recognizing and addressing the interconnectedness of individual and structural origins of poverty.
"Built by Rasp and Bicycle" is the title of the yearlong series of campus events focused on the theme of "home." This program was made possible by the McGregor Fund, a private foundation established in 1925 by gifts from Katherine and Tracy McGregor "to relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind." The foundation awards grants to organizations in the areas of human services, education, health care, arts and culture, and public benefit.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- The McGregor Fund and the "Built by Rasp and Bicycle" program present author and former New York Times foreign correspondent David Shipler to speak from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday (Nov. 10), Slayter Hall Auditorium (200 North Road). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6245 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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