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Southampton College Distinguished Authors and Lecturers

Distinguished Authors

Over the course of a career in publishing and journalism, Shana Alexanderhas covered everything from rogue elephants to Hillary Clinton. The firstwoman staff writer, and then the first woman columnist, for Life magazine,she went on to be editor of McCall's and a columnist and commentator atNewsweek and CBS's "60 Minutes." She is the author of seven books,including "Very Much a Lady," an appraisal of Jean Harris andthe death of Scarsdale diet doctor Herman Tarnower, and "Anyone's Daughter,"about the Patty Hearst trial. Her autobiography, "Happy Days,"was published in 1996 by Doubleday. Her next work, "Haunted by Elephants,"will be published by Random House in 1998.

Jules Feiffer's Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons for The VillageVoice established his reputation as one of America's leading satirists.He is the author of several screen plays, most notably "Carnal Knowledge."His plays include "Little Murders," for which he won the ObieAward, the London Theatre Critics Award and the Outer Circle Critics Award.He recently has written three children's books for Harper-Collins, beginningwith "The Man in the Ceiling" (the third, "Meanwhile ..."will be published in September) and has just become a regular contributorto the Op-Ed page of The New York Times.

In addition to numerous stories and essays, Kaylie Jones is theauthor of three novels, "As Soon As It Rains," "Quite theOther Way" (Doubleday) and "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries"(Bantam Books), which currently is being made into a movie by the Merchant/Ivoryteam. The daughter of novelist James Jones, she is fluent in French andRussian and has taught extensively in the New York City area.

John Leo writes a weekly column for U.S. News & World Report,which also is syndicated to over 150 newspapers nationwide. His wit andscrupulous reporting place him among America's most-respected columnists.He has also written two books, including "Two Steps Ahead of the ThoughtPolice," published in 1994 by Simon and Schuster, and he lectures regularlyon America's social and intellectual life.

A graduate of New York University with a doctorate in English from Harvard,Alan Weinblatt has devoted his professional life to bringing clarityand elegance to business and technical communications. He has worked asa writer and consultant with some of the nation's top corporations, includingDiebold Group, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Philip Morris and MerrillLynch, and has taught these skills at the college level for a number ofyears. He has a special interest in computer and related technologies andtheir influence on American life.

Distinguished Lecturers

Michael Arlen wrote the radio and television column for The NewYorker for many years in the 1960s and 1970s, and many of these columnswere collected in his book, "The Living Room War," which becameone of the most influential works on the American war in Vietnam. He isalso the author of an autobiographical work, "Exiles," which wonthe National Book Critics Circle Award, and of a novel, "Say Goodbyeto Sam." He continues to write on television and society for The NewYorker. His works are published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux.

Bruce Jay Friedman's novels and stories include "About HarryTowns" and "Stern" (Atlantic Monthly Press) and "A Mother'sKisses," "Let's Hear it for a Beautiful Guy and Other Works ofShort Fiction" and "A Father's Kisses" (Donald I. Fine).His novel, "The Lonely Guy's Book of Life" (Simon and Schuster)was made into a movie starring Steve Martin. He also is the author of numerousplays and screenplays, including "Scuba Duba," "Steambath,""Stir Crazy," "Doctor Detroit" and most recently, "HaveYou Spoken to Any Jews Lately?" He co-wrote the screenplay for "Splash.""A Father's Kisses" is a finalist for this fall's Thurber Prizefor American Humor.

Architectural critic and former New York Times commentator Paul Goldberger'sworks include "The Skyscraper" (Knopf) and "A Monograph onthe Works of McKim, Mead & White." He is one of the most influentialvoices in contemporary debates about building, design and urban studiesand is now a contributing editor of The New Yorker.

Critic and essayist Molly Haskell has helped change the way contemporariesview movies in her books, "From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment ofWomen in the Movies" (University of Chicago Press), now in its secondedition, and "Holding My Own in No Man's Land" (Oxford UniversityPress). Her memoir, "Love and Other Infectious Diseases" (Morrow),demonstrates the range of her talent as a writer. She has taught extensively,most recently at Columbia University, has just become the film critic forOn the Issues, a feminist quarterly, and is a monthly columnist for TheNew York Observer.

Critic Robert Hughes, whose recent study of American art, "AmericanVision" (Knopf), became the basis for this year's acclaimed PBS specialon the subject, also is the author of "The Shock of the New" (Knopf),"The Culture of Complaint" (Oxford University Press) and "TheFatal Shore" (Random House). His work has shaped public understandingof the arts and culture both in America and throughout the English-speakingworld.

Norman Lear is the writer/producer of such successful televisionshows as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," and"Maude." He has won a Peabody Award and numerous Emmies. He alsohas produced several movies, such as "Divorce American Style,"and is the founder of the civil liberties advocacy organization, Peoplefor the American Way.

Author Peter Matthiessen has brought wit, style and compassionto the many subjects that have engaged him, whether in his novels, "FarTortuga," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" (adapted intoa motion picture) and "Killing Mr. Watson"; in his study of thebaymen of Eastern Long Island, "Men's Lives" (all published byRandom House), or in his celebrated studies of the natural world and itspolitics such as "The Snow Leopard" (winner of the National BookAward), "The Cloud Forest," and "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,"all published by Viking Penguin. Random House will publish his latest novel,"Lost Man's River," in November.

Richard Price's screenwriting credits include "The Wanderers,""Sea of Love," "The Color of Money," "Night andthe City," "Clockers" and most recently, "Ransom.""The Wanderers" and "Clockers" were adapted from hisnovels, which also include "Bloodbrothers" (all Houghton Mifflin)and "The Breaks" (Simon and Schuster). His next novel will bepublished in 1998 by Broadway Books.

Dava Sobel has written extensively about science. Her best seller,"Longitude" (Walker/ Penguin), describes in elegant prose thesolution to one of the most difficult technological problems of modern history.She has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, and numerous otherpublications. Her new book, tentatively titled "Galileo's Daughter,"will be published by Walker in the fall of 1998.

Advertising pioneer Carl Spielvogel was instrumental in the formationof The Interpublic Group of advertising agencies and later in Backer andSpielvogel, later merged with Ted Bates, Inc. He is a former advertisingcolumnist for The New York Times.

Kurt Vonnegut is the author of "Slaughterhouse Five,""Cat's Cradle," "Breakfast of Champions," "HarrisonBergeron," "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater" and numerous otherworks of fiction that have made him one of America's most celebrated writers.His "Mother Night" was made into a film in 1996 starring NickNolte. His latest work, "Timequake," is being published this fallby G.P. Putnam Sons.

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