Pulitzer-prize winning journalist to lecture at USD about liberties Two time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Anthony Lewis will be on the campus of The University of South Dakota on March 29, to deliver a lecture entitled "Civil Liberties in a Post-9/11 America." The lecture will be held in Slagle Auditorium at 7 p.m.
A columnist for the New York Times from 1969 to December 2001, Lewis is perhaps best known for his work entitled Gideon's Trumpet, a book chronicling the landmark Supreme Court case of Gideon v. Wainwright, a case giving indigent criminal defendants the right to an attorney paid for by the state. He has also authored Portrait of a Decade, about the great changes in American race relations, and Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment.
Lewis was born in New York City on March 27, 1927. He attended the Horace Mann School in New York and Harvard College, receiving a B.A. in 1948. From 1948 to 1952 he was a deskman in the Sunday Department of the New York Times.
In 1952 he became a reporter for the Washington Daily News. In 1955 he won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of articles on the dismissal of a Navy employee as a security risk-dismissal without telling the employee the sources or nature of the changes against him. The articles led to the employee's reinstatement.
In 1955, Lewis joined the Washington Bureau of the New York Times. In 1956-57 he was a Nieman Fellow; he spent the academic year studying at the Harvard Law School. On his return to Washington, he covered the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and other legal matters including the government's handling of the civil rights movement, for the Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Supreme Court in 1963.
He became the chief of the London Bureau in 1964. He began writing his column from London in 1969. Since 1973 he has been located in Boston. He travels frequently, in this country and abroad.
Lewis was for 15 years a lecturer on law at the Harvard Law School, teaching a course on the Constitution and the press. He has taught at a number of other universities as a visitor, among them the universities of California, Illinois, Oregon and Arizona.
Since 1983 he has held the James Madison Visiting Professorship at Columbia University.
The speech is sponsored by the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota. The Farber Center annually hosts Farber Forums, which are programs designed to offer students and the public insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration, and international relations.
The Farber Center was established in the fall of 1997 by the South Dakota Board of Regents as a Center of Excellence, and is housed within the Political Science Department at USD. The mission of the center is to prepare students and help communities to face difficult public problems in a shared manner consistent with constitutional values.
The director of the center is William D. Richardson, a political scientist who has published extensively on the subject of character and leadership. Past speakers at Farber Forums have included Colin Powell, President Gerald Ford, USD alumnus Tom Brokaw and Solicitor General Kenneth Starr.