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Pulitzer Prize winning author, former New York Times journalist David Shipler to speak at Dartmouth Oct. 8

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/03/03 • Contact Sue Knapp (603) 646-3661

Shipler is first speaker in 'Truth and Ethics in Journalism' series sponsored by Dartmouth's Montgomery Endowment

David Shipler

Longtime New York Times reporter and 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler will inaugurate the lecture series "Truth and Ethics in Journalism" at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 in Dartmouth's Loew Auditorium. His presentation will include a screening and discussion of his acclaimed documentary "Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land." The lecture, which is part of a series celebrating the 25th anniversary of Dartmouth's Montgomery Endowment, is free and open to the public.

Shipler joined The New York Times in 1966 and has reported from the most volatile regions of the world. He covered Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War before moving to the Times' Moscow bureau, where he was bureau chief from 1977 to 1979. In the 1980s he was chief of the paper's Jerusalem bureau. Along with Thomas Friedman, he received the 1983 George Polk Award for coverage of the Lebanon War. He also was the chief diplomatic correspondent in the Times' Washington bureau.

Shipler has written several best-selling books, including 1983's Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams, which earned the Overseas Press Club Award. His 1987 book Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction and led to the 1990 PBS documentary Arab and Jew and follow-up film Arab and Jew: Return to the Promised Land in 2002. His most recent book is A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, published in 1997. A new book titled The Working Poor: Invisible in America will be published in 2004. He also has held a fellowship at the Brookings Institution, served as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and participated in President Clinton's first town meeting on race.

In addition to Shipler's public presentation at Dartmouth, he is a scholar-in-residence for the fall term and is teaching a government department seminar titled "Civil Liberties in a Time of Terrorism."

Other speakers in the "Truth and Ethics in Journalism" series this fall include Roger Wilkins, author of Jefferson's Pillow: The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism (Beacon Press, 2001) speaking on "Jefferson and 21st Century Journalism" on Oct. 19; Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, giving "A Socratic Dialogue on the State of Journalism," on Oct. 22; Christopher Wren, a 28-year veteran of The New York Times, talking on "The Illusion of Journalistic Ethics in the U.S. and Russia," on Oct. 29; and National Public Radio foreign correspondent Anne Garrels talking about "Naked in Baghdad" on Nov. 4.

The Montgomery Endowment brings to Dartmouth outstanding figures not only from the academic world but from non-academic spheres as well. It was established in 1977 by the late Chicago attorney Kenneth F. Montgomery '25 and his wife, Harle, to "provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the college. . . making possible new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience" at Dartmouth.

Note for editors and reporters: A full schedule for the series is available online. Photos and short biographies of the speakers are available by contacting the Office of Public Affairs at 603-646-1445.

- By Sue Knapp

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