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August 2008

Release Date: Aug. 20, 2008

ASU Community Lectureship Features Pulitzer Prize Winner

Maureen Dowd, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist on the New York Times Op-Ed page, will present the 2008 Community Lectureship in the Humanities Thursday, Sept. 25, at Angelo State University.

Dowd, who has skewered Washington insiders in her column since 1995, will offer “Reflections on the Election” at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. The lecture, open free to the public, is sponsored by the Angelo State University Alumni Association and the San Angelo Health Foundation in conjunction with ASU.

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her work as an analyst of the impeachment process against President Bill Clinton, Dowd has cultivated a reputation as a witty, contrarian observer of the workings of government. She has taken on the power elite on both sides of the political aisle.

Dowd began her career with the Washington Star as an editorial assistant in 1974 and worked as a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer until the newspaper folded in 1981. From there, she went to Time magazine for a short tenure before joining the New York Times as a metropolitan reporter.

She became the Times’ Washington bureau correspondent in 1986 and moved into her current post in 1995. During that time, Dowd has covered four presidential campaigns, served as White House correspondent and written a column, On Washington, for the New York Times Magazine.

The Washington, D.C., native received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Catholic University in Washington in 1973.

The Community Lectureship in the Humanities annually brings prominent public figures to ASU, introduces them to the students and the community while providing a public lecture and informal discussions. The guest lecturers are widely recognized for their contributions to the humanities and the elevation of the human spirit and consciousness.

In previous years, lecturers have included former secretary of state James Baker, critically acclaimed writers Rick Bass, Larry McMurtry, Dr. Ramon Eduardo Ruiz and Shelby Foote; artist John Wheat; Librarian of Congress James Billington; educator Elspeth Rostow; poet Richard Wilbur; political scientist Robert Legvold; army general Barry McCaffrey; and television journalist Catherine Crier.

Speakers for the Community Lectureship are selected by representatives from ASU, Angelo State University Alumni Association and San Angelo Health Foundation.

For more information, call the ASU Office of Development at 942-2116.