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Former New York Times Executive Editor, New Yorker Editor, Others to Speak

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March 7, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The spring Crain Lecture Series will bring a powerful mix of newsmakers and news analysts to Northwestern University, including a former executive editor of the New York Times; s sociologist who questions the methodology of geneticists when searching for links between disease, genes and race; the editor of The New Yorker; and president of MSNBC.

Sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism, the popular Crain Lecture Series aims to provide a range of perspectives on news and current events. Free and open to the public, the lectures take place in McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. A schedule follows:

Monday, March 6, 4 p.m., Richard Kaplan, MSNBC president and general manager, veteran ABC news producer and former head of CNN-US, will deliver a lecture titled “Preparing for a Challenging Future in the News Business.” At ABC, Kaplan oversaw “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and other television shows. Instrumental in developing “Nightline” and “Primetime,” he has earned 34 Emmy Awards, four Overseas Press Association Awards and three Peabody Awards.

Monday, April 17, 4 p.m., Troy Duster, professor of sociology at New York University, Chancellor’s Professor at University of California, Berkeley and author of “Backdoor to Eugenics,” will speak on “Race, Disease and Crime-Fighting: The Molecular Reinscription of Race in Clinical Medicine and Forensic Science.” A former president of the American Sociological Association, he is co-author of “Whitewashing Race: The Myth of A Color-Blind Society.”

Thursday, April 20, 3:30 p.m., Joseph Lelyveld, executive editor of the New York Times from 1994 to 2001, will present “Omaha Blues: A Memory Loop.” The lecture about his book of the same name will describe his search for family history and how it took him to landmark historical markers, including the Scottsboro trials, Zionist movement, Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism and Mississippi’s 1964 “freedom summer.” A Pulitzer prize-winning author, Lelyveld briefly returned to the position of New York Times executive editor in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal.

Monday, May 8, 4 p.m., Medill alum and veteran columnist, human rights activist and author Kuldip Nayar will discuss “The Future of India.” Since 1985, Nayar has written a syndicated column that is translated into 14 languages and appears in 80 newspapers and magazines, including some of India’s most influential publications. He is a former high commissioner to Great Britain and member of the upper house of India’s parliament.

Thursday, May 11, 3:30 p.m., The New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick will take part in “A Conversation on Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker.” He has written more than 100 New Yorker articles, including profiles of Ralph Ellison, Katherine Graham, Pope John Paul II, Michael Jordan, Alekasandr Solzhenitsyn and George Stephanopoulos. He earned a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire” and is author of “King of the World: “Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero.”

For further information about the Crain Lectures, visit the Medill School of Journalism Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-5401.