David Halberstam to speak at UPS in September

Legendary journalist, historian, and author David Halberstam will speak at the University of Puget Sound Memorial Field-house, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Halberstam will appear as part of the series of Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts.

Halberstam‚s lecture will be titled, “The Children: The Unique Courage and Faith of Ordinary Citizens to Change America.”

The title comes from his 1998 book, “The Children,” a chronicle of the lives of eight young civil rights activists he met in 1960 while a reporter for The Nashville Tennessean.

Halberstam came to national prominence as a reporter covering the Vietnam War for The New York Times, where he was one of the first journalists to question the official optimistic line and report that the war was being lost. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting.

His subsequent book, “The Best and the Brightest” chronicled the path the Kennedy and Johnson administrations took into Vietnam.

He wrote “The Powers That Be” about the rise in power of the modern media, and “The Reckoning” about the ascent of Japan as a rival economic superpower.

Halberstam’s most recent book is “Teammates,” the story of the long-lived friendship between baseball players Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Bobby Doerr, teammates with the Boston Red Sox during the World War II era.

He also is the author of “Firehouse,” a portrait of the men of Engine 40, Ladder 35 in Manhattan, which lost 12 of its 13 firefighters in the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. His last 13 books have been best sellers.

The Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts series is named for the recently retired president of the University of Puget Sound.
It brings public intellectuals, writers, and artists to campus to talk about interesting and challenging ideas that will stimulate further exploration and discussion on campus.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and playwright/actress Anna Deavere Smith gave the inaugural lectures in the series last academic year.
Tickets to the Halberstam lecture are priced at $10 for the general public and will go on sale Aug. 1 at the Wheelock Student Center Information Center. To place credit card orders or get more information, call 253/879-3419.