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Wain Lectures in Writing


Journalism and the Circle (Spring 2008)


A special seminar, led by renowned writer Charles Michener, investigates contemporary journalism by exploring and writing about University Circle. The seminar includes a series of public lectures by eminent writers.

Tentative Lecture Schedule

Locations and times to be posted soon.


Gay Talese (born February 7, 1932 ) is an American author. He helped to define literary journalism or "new nonfiction reportage", also known as New Journalism. His most famous articles are about Joe DiMaggio, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Talese is the bestselling author of eleven books. He was a reporter for the New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and since then he has written for the Times, Esquire, The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and other national publications. His most recent book is A Writer's Life, which was published by Knopf in 2006 and will be reissued in trade paperback by The Random House Publishing Group in July 2007.

Talese is a visiting writer at the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California each spring.

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Alex Ross (b. 1968) has been the music critic of The New Yorker magazine since 1996. His work has also appeared in The New Republic,Slate , the London Review of Books, Lingua Franca, and Feed. From 1992 to 1996 he was a music critic at the New York Times. He has been featured in Best American Essays, Da Capo Best Music Writing, and Studio A: The Bob Dylan Reader. He has received two ASCAP-Deems Taylor Awards for music criticism and a Holtzbrinck fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin. His first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, a cultural history of music since 1900, was recently released by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Ross is a 1986 graduate of St. Albans School and a 1990 graduate of Harvard University

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Jane Kramer is an American journalist who is the European correspondent forThe New Yorker; she has written a regular "Letter from Europe" for twenty years. Kramer has also written nine books, the latest of which, Lone Patriot (2003), is about a militia in the American West. Her other books include The Last Cowboy, Europeans and The Politics of Memory.
Kramer has won an Emmy Award for documentary filmmaking.

Kramer is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She has taught at Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence, CUNY and the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ian Frazier (b. 1951 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American writer and humorist . In his nonfiction books such as Great Plains, Family, and On the Rez, Frazier combines first-person narrative with in-depth research on topics including American history, Native Americans, and fishing and the outdoors.

Frazier grew up in Hudson, Ohio, where he attended Western Reserve Academy, and later also attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of the Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1973 , he worked briefly as a magazine writer in Chicago . The following year, he moved to New York City and joined the staff of The New Yorker magazine, where he wrote feature articles, humorous sketches, and pieces for "The Talk of the Town" section.
In 1982 , Frazier moved toMontana and, through travels and library research, began collecting material that he would later use in Great Plains. He has since also lived in Brooklyn, New York, and Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, author Jacqueline Carey, and their two children, Cora, 17, and Thomas, 14. Frazier's most autobiographical work is Family.

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