Prize-winning writer on social, political issues to lecture

Ron Suskind, who gained national attention for his Pulizer-Prize winning look at honor students in the inner-city, will present, “Seeking the Shared National Narrative: Stories that Unite Us,” at Wake Forest University on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

The free and public lecture will be in the Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.

Suskind won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1995 for a series about inner-city honor students and their struggles. From that series, Suskind wrote “A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League.” The book follows the three-year path of a top student from the ghetto to Brown University. The book, which was excerpted in the Wall Street Journal and Esquire, prompted discussions nationwide on higher education, affirmative action and other social and political issues.

Suskind is the senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal. He has been on the staff of The New York Times and the St. Petersburg Times and served as editor of Boston Business magazine. He has written for national magazines such as Harper’s, provided commentary for National Public Radio and taught journalism at Harvard University.

Suskind’s lecture is sponsored by Wake Forest’s sociology department, American ethnic studies program, and Multicultural Affairs office, as well as Summit School.

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