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Columnist To Give Bob Lecture At Prendergast Library
Columnist To Give Bob Lecture At Prendergast Library

JAMESTOWN – Connie Schultz will give the seventh annual Murray L. Bob Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Fireplace Room at James Prendergast Library. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

Ms. Schultz is a nationally syndicated columnist for Creators Syndicate, a regular essayist for Parade Magazine and a former columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

In 2005, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for columns judges praised for providing “a voice for the underdog and the underprivileged.” That year she also received the Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Commentary and the National Headliner Award for Commentary.

The speaker was a 2003 Pulitzer Prize finalist in feature writing for “The Burden of Innocence,” a series about a man who was imprisoned for 13 years for a rape he did not commit. The week after her series ran, the real rapist turned himself in after reading her stories. The series won the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Social Justice Reporting, the National Headliner Award’s Best of Show and journalism awards from Harvard and Columbia universities.

In 2004, Ms. Schultz won the Batten Medal, which honors “a body of journalistic work that reflects compassion, courage, humanity and a deep concern for the underdog.” She is also a fellow with the Vietnam Reporting Project. Her 2011 series, “Unfinished Business,” explored the long-term impact of Agent Orange in the United States and Vietnam. Recently, the series won the Associated Press Managing Editors Journalism Excellence Award in International Perspective.

She is the author of two books published by Random House: “Life Happens – And Other Unavoidable Truths,” a collection of essays, and “…and His Lovely Wife,” a memoir about her husband Sherrod Brown’s successful 2006 race for the U.S. Senate.

Her essay, “What it Was Like,” is featured in a new book by Columbia University Press titled, “Second Read: Writers Look Back at Classic Works of Reportage.”

The speaker and her husband have four grown children, and one grandson. 

The Murray L. Bob Memorial Fund was established to honor the longtime director of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and James Prendergast Library. In keeping with his passion for reading and discussing ideas, it brings a scholar to the library each year to address a local audience on a significant topic.

Previous Bob lectures have dealt with the war on terrorism, ethics of modern medicine, humanitarian crises, corporate subsidies, historians’ responsibilities in time of war and philosophy.  

For more information about the lecture series, call the library at 484-7135, Ext. 225. The library is located at 509 Cherry St., Jamestown.

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