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November 2003

Release Date: November 13, 2003

Columnist Harlan Cohen to Speak at ASU Nov. 13

Author Harlan Cohen, who writes "Help Me, Harlan!," one of the most widely read syndicated columns directed at people in their teens and 20s, will speak at Angelo State University Thursday, Nov. 13, on the challenges of college life.

Cohen is known for his humorous insights into college life and the challenges of young adulthood. He will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Davidson Conference Center in the Houston Harte University Center. Cohen describes his programs as "part live music, part lecture, part audience participation, part video, part question-and-answer session and part interpretive poetry (only a little part, but it's funny)."

Though his program is especially attuned to the lives of college students, his presentation is open free to the public as well. His ASU appearance is being sponsored by the University Center Program Council Speakers Committee. Additional information is available from ASU by calling (325) 942-2062 or visiting on the Web. Cohen's Web site can be viewed at

Cohen's syndicated advice column is distributed by King Features Syndicate and reaches millions of readers in local daily and college newspapers across the United States and Canada as well as overseas. He writes a monthly column for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition, contributes to the Chicago Tribune and has been featured as an advice expert in Seventeen Magazine. Cohen is the author of Peterson's Campus Life Exposed: Advice from the Inside and a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III.

His writing career started at the Indiana University student newspaper. After interning at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" in 1995, Cohen came up with the idea to write an advice column for college students and immediately launched Help Me, Harlan!. He first wrote questions and answers to himself, but when real letters started arriving, he consulted experts on and off campus to help with his replies. His delicate mix of honest advice, valuable resources and humorous touches turned the column into an instant success and led to his syndication throughout the country.

Cohen is currently working on his next book project, The Rejection Diary, with the goal of creating the largest relationship rejection community in the world.