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Acclaimed Journalist to Speak at Bowdoin

Story posted November 15, 1998

Nov.. 2, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Roger Rosenblatt, journalist, author, playwright, teacher and Time magazine essayist, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Kresge Auditorium. The eloquent and inspirational lecture, titled "Why Write?" explains the importance of the story-telling tradition.

Rosenblatt has made it his life's work to carry on that tradition. He has won a George Foster Peabody Award and an Emmy for his essays on the "MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour," and he continues to appear on "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS. He also has worked as a columnist for the Washington Post, during which time Washingtonian magazine dubbed him "Best Columnist in Washington." He is the author of six books, including "The Man In the Water", "Coming Apart: A Memoir of the Harvard Wars of 1969," his most recent book, and "Children of War" in 1983, which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize and has been published in seven languages.

William Safire said Rosenblatt's work represents "some of the most profound and stylish writing in America today."

His one-man comic off-Broadway Show, "Free Speech in America," ran 60 performances and was called one of the best plays of the 1991 season by the New York Times.

A selection of Rosenblatt's books will be available at the Bowdoin Book Store. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Writing Project and the Department of English.

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