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New Crain Lectures Scheduled

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May 2, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The former executive editor of the New York Times, a prize-winning Times-Picayune reporting team that covered Hurricane Katrina, the Indian author of a syndicated column translated into 14 languages, the editor of The New Yorker magazine and a Newsweek senior editor will speak at Northwestern University on April 20, April 24, May 8, May 11 and June 5, respectively. The free and public events, which all are part of the Medill School of Journalism Crain Lecture Series, will take place in McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. A schedule follows:

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 his family history and how it took him to historical landmarks, including the Scottsboro trials, Zionist movement, Hollywood blacklist, McCarthyism and the scene of Mississippi's 1964 “freedom summer.” A Pulitzer prize-winning author, Lelyveld briefly returned to the position of Times executive editor in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal.

Monday, April 24, 4 p.m., David Meeks, city editor, and Terri Troncale, editorial page editor, of The Times-Picayune will discuss the extraordinary difficulties their newspaper staff had reporting on Hurricane Katrina in the midst of the disaster in a presentation titled “Katrina: On the Ground in New Orleans.” The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune recently was named winner of the 2005 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism.

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 more than 80 newspapers and magazines, including some of India's most influential publications. Nayar is a former high commissioner to Great Britain and member of the upper house of India's parliament.

Thursday, May 11, 4 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.”

Monday, June 5, 4 p.m., Jonathan Alter, senior editor of Newsweek and author of “The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope,” will deliver a Crain Lecture. His lecture is co-sponsored by Medill and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies.

The Crain Lecture Series was established at Medill in honor of Gertrude and G.D Crain Jr., founders of Crain Communications Inc. For further information about the upcoming Crain Lectures, visit the Medill School of Journalism Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-5401.