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October 24, 2005

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former New York Times correspondent David Shipler will lecture at Birmingham-Southern College November 8.

The lecture will be at 11 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Shipler will share his research and ideas from his latest book The Working Poor: Invisible in America, where he focuses on the daily lives of individual working Americans and their families and the problems that make it hard for them to climb out of poverty.

“I wanted to talk to people and get inside their personal lives as well as I could, so that I could see from their perspective the forces that were leaving them in a position where they were working and yet were poor or near poverty,” he says.

Shipler was awarded the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Arab 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. His other books are A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America and Russia: Broken idols, Solemn Dreams. The research for his book A Country of Strangers was partially conducted in Birmingham.

David Shipler

He worked for The New York Times from 1966-88, reporting from New York, Saigon, Moscow, and Jerusalem, before serving as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he has taught at Dartmouth, Princeton University, and American University. He was one of three authors invited by former President Bill Clinton to participate in his first town meeting on race.

For more information, call BSC's Hess Center for Leadership and Service at 226-4679. The lecture is part of a series of year-long events in celebration of the college's 150th anniversary.


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