On the morning of Aug. 11, approximately 250 members of the Bestor Society and the Eleanor B. Daugherty Society gathered in Smith Wilkes Hall for the annual Scholar in Residence program, presented by the Chautauqua Foundation.
William Faulkner once wrote that, “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” Sheri Fink found herself having to do that as she wrote “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” an investigative piece for the New York Times Magazine and ProPublica that won Fink a Pulitzer Prize.
This past week, from Monday through Wednesday in Smith Wilkes Hall, the Chautauqua Foundation presented the annual Scholar in Residence event, which this year featured Jon Alterman.
“We believe in democracy; we believe in freedom; we believe in peace,” said President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the end of his 1936 “I Hate War” address at Chautauqua. FDR was campaigning for re-election at the time, and conveyed in the speech his attitude toward the brewing international conflicts that would come to a head in World War II.
When it comes to firsthand experience as a journalist covering issues of privacy and the delicate process of deciding what’s fit to print, few can match the resume of Jill Abramson.
When David Brooks asked his students at Yale University about the last time they had read a book that changed their lives, they stared at him in complete silence.
“You’ve got to understand that we don’t really read that way,” Brooks’ students told him. “We read to get through the class, but the deep, penetrative reading, we just don’t have time for.”
In the age of the digital shelf life, some writers may find themselves paralyzed by the fact that their work will live on long after they are gone. With enough time, opinions formed in a moment of revelation will either be vindicated by history or nullified by it.
In nine years as a columnist for The New York Times, David Brooks — who will lecture at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater — admits that he has been wrong more than once.
On Saturday at the 3 p.m. Contemporary Issues Forum in the Hall of Philosophy, author and New York Times reporter Peter Baker will let the audience look through a political kaleidoscope and show them a new pattern.
His discussion “Clinton, Bush and Obama: Where Do We Go From Here?” may unsettle hyper-partisans as he offers the opportunity to consider the similarities and differences of those three presidents as they navigate a new era.
“These men are the first of the post World War II and post-Cold War generation. I will talk about them as human beings, flawed and admirable,” Baker said.