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New Yorker Editor David Remnick, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter to Speak

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May 3, 2006 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The New Yorker magazine editor David Remnick and Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter will wrap up the 2005-06 Crain Lecture Series when they make presentations Thursday, May 11, and Monday, June 5, respectively, at Northwestern University.

The free and public lectures, presented by Northwestern University's Medill School and honoring Gertrude and G.D. Crain Jr., will take place in the McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive on the University's Evanston campus. Both begin at 4 p.m.

Remnick, editor of The New Yorker for almost two decades, will participate in “A Conversation on Reporting: Writings from The New Yorker.” A former Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post, Remnick was awarded a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for his book “Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.” He has written more than 100 New Yorker articles, including profiles of Ralph Ellison, Katherine Graham, Pope John Paul II, Michael Jordan, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and George Stephanopoulos.

Newsweek's Alter has written the magazine's “Between the Lines” column since 1991, examining politics, media and society at large. He is the originator and author of Newsweek's “Conventional Wisdom Watch,” that each week uses up, down and sideways articles to measure and lampoon the news. His most recent book is “The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope.”

The Crain Lectures feature journalists, newsmakers and others discussing current events and the news business. Alter's lecture is co-sponsored by Medill and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern's School of Continuing Studies. For further information, call (847) 491-5401 or visit the Medill School Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.

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