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March 22, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler to lecture at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—David Shipler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former correspondent for “The New York Times,” will lecture as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Birmingham-Southern College March 31 in the Munger Auditorium at 3:30 p.m. His lecture, titled “Liberty in a Time of Terrorism,” is open to the public, free of charge. David Shipler

As a correspondent for “The New York Times,” Shipler covered South Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, and Thailand between 1973 and 1975. He spent four years in Russia, two of them as Moscow Bureau Chief, and documented his experience in his best-selling book “Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams,” which won the Overseas Press Club Award. From 1979 to 1984, he served as bureau chief in Jerusalem and shared the 1983 George Polk Award for coverage of the Lebanon War.

Shipler spent a year as a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C., writing his Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land.” He served as chief diplomatic correspondent in the Washington Bureau of “The New York Times” until 1988. In 1997, he published “A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America.” His most recent book is “The Working Poor: Invisible in America.” All three books will be available for purchase through the BSC Bookstore at his March 31 lecture.

For more than 35 years, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education. Fellows are matched with small colleges chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. They are scheduled to interact with students in classrooms, seminars, lectures and informal discussions.

For more information on the lecture, call 205/226-4650.

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