Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist to Speak at Park University Event

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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David ShiplerFormer New York Times foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler will present a discussion on “Ethnic, Religious and Racial Identity in a Fractured World: Challenges Awaiting the 45th U.S. President” on Monday, Nov. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo.

Admission to the program, presented by Park University in partnership with the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and the National Archives at Kansas City, is free and open to the public, though those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at www.theworldwar.org/visit/upcoming-events/identity-fractured-world.

When the 45th president of the U.S. is inaugurated Jan. 20, 2017, the new Commander-in Chief will face significant foreign policy challenges, exacerbated by increased conflicts transcending geographical boundaries. On the domestic front, increased ethnic, religious and racial tensions have garnered national attention and impacted both public policy and the tone of the 2016 U.S. general election. Shipler will share thought-provoking analysis on the past, present and where the U.S. might be headed in the future.

Shipler worked for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988, reporting from New York, Saigon, Moscow and Jerusalem before serving as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. He shared a George Polk Award for his coverage of the 1982 war in Lebanon and was executive producer, writer and narrator of two PBS documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one of which won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. He is the author of six books, including the 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner in general nonfiction, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land (Times Books).

He has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of Dartmouth College, chair of the Pulitzer jury on general nonfiction, and a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California.

Shipler will spend the week of Nov. 14-18 on Park University’s Parkville Campus as part of The Council of Independent Colleges’ Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program. The program brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions, the Fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds.