Pulitzer Prize winners among Olin speakersSeries addresses place of journalism in democratic life New York Times journalists Thomas Friedman and Linda Greenhouse and Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page will present the autumn-quarter lectures of "The Place of Journalism in Democratic Life," this year's John M. Olin Center lecture series.
The series will open on Sunday, Oct. 8, with "Lessons of a Journalistic Life," presented by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Friedman. Greenhouse, Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times since 1978, will present "Telling the Court's Story: Justice and Journalism at the Supreme Court" on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Page, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1989, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 8. The lectures will be held at 4 p.m. in Social Sciences 122.
"This series will inquire into the contributions and responsibilities of journalism, or, less abstractly, of journalists, to the end of sustaining democratic institutions," said Joseph Cropsey, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Political Science and Associate Director of the John M. Olin Center for Inquiry Into the Theory and Practice of Democracy. "We will be exploring how journalists in daily practice can act with an eye on the effects of their work for better or worse on the character of their readers and their society."
Friedman, chief economic correspondent for the New York Times, received his B.A. in 1975 from Brandeis University and his M.Phil. in 1978 from Oxford, where he studied on a Marshall Scholarship. He has been on the staff of the Times since 1981.
Greenhouse received her B.A. from Radcliffe/Harvard in 1968 and her Master of Studies in Law from Yale in 1978. She joined the Times staff as a correspondent in 1969.
Page, who is a regular contributor to National Public Radio and the MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour as well as a syndicated columnist, joined the Tribune in 1969 and was on staff there until 1980, when he joined WBBM-TV. He returned to the Tribune in 1984 as a columnist and a member of its editorial board. He received his B.S. in 1969 from Ohio University.
For more information about the lecture series, call the Olin Center at 702-3423.