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Pultizer Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr. to give Harry T. Wilks Lecture at MUH

Pulitzer Prize winner Leonard Pitts Jr., syndicated columnist for The Miami Herald since 1991, will speak in the Harry T. Wilks Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in Parrish Auditorium on the Hamilton campus.

While the lecture is free and open to the public, ticket reservations are required as seating is limited. Call 5-3020 to reserve tickets.

Pitts, who won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 2004, appears in the editorial section of The Cincinnati Enquirer, the Hamilton JournalNews and numerous other newspapers each week with his column, which ranges in topics from family life to racial issues. The Miami Herald describes his writing style as “captivating, insightful and often highly personal.” He captured worldwide attention with his columns about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In addition to writing his column, Pitts is a visiting faculty member at Ohio University in the E.W. Scripps Department of Journalism.

The lecture series is sponsored by Harry T. Wilks, Hamilton lawyer and businessman, who has been a long-time supporter and advocate of education. His generosity has resulted in the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center and the Harry T. Wilks Scholarship Program, as well as the lecture series at Miami Hamilton.

The series brings to the Hamilton campus national and international speakers who shape the policies and ideas of the human endeavor. This is the seventh lecture.

“Mr. Pitts was the unanimous choice of our committee. We felt he was one of the most pragmatic journalists in America and a natural choice to continue the Wilks tradition of bringing engaging speakers to the campus,” said James Neidhard, lecture committee chair and director of development for the campus.

Date Published: 10/20/2005
Volume: 25   Number: 12

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