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Two Pulitzer Prize Winners Will Speak at the U of M April 17
For release: April 4, 2007
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The University of Memphis will welcome two Pulitzer Prize winners to its campus on the same evening, Tuesday, April 17. Nationally recognized political columnist David Broder will address the Freedom of Information Congress at 5 p.m., and famed author John Updike will speak at 7:30 p.m.

Both events will be held in the Michael D. Rose Theatre.  Both are free and open to the public.

Broder will discuss freedom of the press, the First Amendment, and the state of journalism today. He will also tackle such topics as politics and the media, including campaign coverage and the role of blogs. A national political correspondent for The Washington Post, Broder writes a twice-weekly column that covers broad aspects of American political life. He was awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary.

Broder has been called “the dean of political journalism” in Washington, rating consistently as among the most trusted and influential voices in American news. His numerous awards include the White Burket Miller Presidential Award in 1989, the prestigious Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Foundation in 1990, and the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award. He is a regular commentator on CNN’s Inside Politics and appears on NBC’s Meet the Press and Washington Week in Review.

Updike has made his living by writing since the age of 23. A graduate of Harvard College, he spent a year studying in Oxford, England, at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. From 1955 to 1957 he was on the staff of The New Yorker. He has written more than 60 books, including collections of short stories, poems, essays and criticism.

Updike is internationally known for his Rabbit series, which follows the life of star athlete Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom from his youth through his final decline, and for Couples, published in 1968. His novels have won numerous prizes and literary awards. Among them are two Pulitzer Prizes for fiction (Rabbit is Rich and Rabbit at Rest), the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Howells Medal and the Lincoln Literary Award.

In 1998 Updike was awarded the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Updike has been featured twice on the cover of TIME magazine. Two of his novels, Rabbit Run and The Witches of Eastwick, have been adapted for film.

The Freedom of Information Congress is sponsored by Student Event Allocation and the Society of Professional Journalists.  Updike’s lecture is sponsored by the Student Activities Council.

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