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Pulitzer prize-winning journalist speaks on the challenges inner city youth face in the Ivy League

Posted 11/10/00

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal, will speak on the challenges facing inner city youth as they strive to succeed in the Ivy League.

He will be at Dartmouth Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium. Suskind's speech, titled, "A Hope in the Unseen: Discovering Stories that Bridge Divides," is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning series he wrote in 1990 for the Wall Street Journal on inner city honor students. The series later evolved into his critically acclaimed book A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League.

The book chronicles the path of student Cedric Jennings as he moves from the ghetto and attempts to find his place at Brown University. The book has been praised for bringing important social issues to national attention, including the need to transcend divisions of race and class. James Ledbetter of Newsday said the book is "so powerful that it can move a relatively jaded reviewer to tears." The New York Times called it an "extraordinary, formula-shattering book."

Newspapers across the country have commended Suskind for raising social consciousness and for his ability to translate his written work into inspiring performances. Dean of Harvard's Graduate School of Education, Gerald Murphy, said of Suskind, "I've never seen a writer of this caliber who can speak so well. In both written and spoken word, Ron offers stories that truly change people's lives."

He has lectured across the country at universities and conferences and has appeared on television shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC's Nightline and Good Morning America.

Dartmouth has television (satellite uplink) and radio (ISDN) studios available for domestic and international live and taped interviews. For more information, call 603-646-3661 or see our Radio, Television capability webpage.

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