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Age of Obama and Post-Racial America to be Subject of Minow Lecture

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Clarence Page will speak Oct. 21

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September 25, 2009 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Clarence Page will discuss "The Age of Obama and its Post-Racial Promise" when he delivers the 2009 Minow Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Northwestern University.

The free and public lecture by the syndicated Tribune Media Services columnist will take place at 4 p.m. in McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Page's columns appear in the Chicago Tribune every Sunday and Wednesday.

Page is the author of "Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity" (1996), a regular panelist on Black Entertainment Television and an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. 

He first joined the Chicago Tribune in 1969 upon graduating from college and within six months was drafted into the U.S. Army. Page re-launched his Chicago Tribune career two years later, working on the rewrite desk, covering the police, religion and neighborhood news beats and taking on freelance assignments at night as a rock music critic.

Page joined WBBM-TV in 1980, where he was director of community affairs and, at times, a documentary producer, reporter and planning editor. Covering the protests in 1982 that evolved into the Harold Washington Mayoral campaign, he rose in prominence as a political expert. On his return to the Tribune in 1984, he became a columnist and member of the editorial board.

A regular contributor of essays to "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," Page has served as a host on Public Broadcasting System documentaries. As a freelance writer, he has written articles for Washington Monthly, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, New York Newsday and Emerge.

The Minow Lecture was established by Josephine Baskin Minow and Newton Minow in 1981 and is presented with the assistance of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Their Minow gift brings a distinguished member of the communications field to campus for a lecture and an exchange of ideas and discussions with students and faculty.

For more information, call (847) 491-5401 or visit the Medill site.

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