Release Date: Sept. 16, 2008
Pulitzer Prize Winner Headlines ASU Humanities Lectureship
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd will share her perspective on politics as featured speaker of the 2008 Community Lectureship in the Humanities Thursday, Sept. 25, at Angelo State University.
Her talk, “Reflections on the Election,” is set for 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.
Since 1995, Dowd has been a political lightning rod to Washington insiders and political pundits through her Times column. Her columns regularly cause the blogosphere and media Internet sites to light up with counter commentary. She most recently weighed in during a trip to Alaska about Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s vice-presidential choice, Sarah Palin, governor of Alaska.
Her 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary was awarded for her analysis of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment process. She has covered four presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent in addition to her current duties as a columnist for the New York Times.
Previously, Dowd served as the Times’ Washington bureau correspondent, wrote for Time magazine and began her career with the Washington Star as an editorial assistant in 1974. She worked as a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer until the Star folded in 1981.
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 and 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.