March 24, 1997 Richard Reeves to Deliver Goldman Memorial Lecture

Contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189

Author and filmmaker Richard Reeves will deliver the fifth annual Joanna Jackson Goldman Lecture on American Civilization and Government, titled "Journalism: New, Old, or Dead," on Thursday, April 10, at 8 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor, Madison Building. No tickets are required.

In an era when the public role of the media is open to continuous examination and criticism, Richard Reeves is concerned that for a variety of reasons, "journalists may be an endangered species -- like blacksmiths, pounding hot stuff into understandable and useful forms." In a time of continuous "media" coverage he asks whether journalism's most valued skills are being developed and whether they make a difference.

A former chief political correspondent of The New York Times, Reeves has been an editor and columnist for New York magazine and Esquire. His best-known work is his ninth, President Kennedy: Profile of Power. His twice-weekly column has appeared in more than 160 newspapers across the United States. He was named the Regents Professor of Political Science at UCLA in 1992 and has taught political writing at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also has made six films for television. Currently, he is working on books on the Oregon Trail and the presidency of Richard Nixon.

The Goldman Memorial Lecture series is made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Eric F. Goldman, who taught at Princeton University. Each year an individual is selected on the basis of his or her high achievement and literary skill to deliver a lecture at the Library of Congress on a significant issue facing American democracy.


PR 97-055
ISSN 0731-3527