Pulitzer Prize Winner David Halberstam to speak at URI’s Honors Colloquium

Pulitzer Prize Winner David Halberstam to speak at URI’s Honors Colloquium KINGSTON, R.I. — October 31, 2000 — David Halberstam, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, will give “A Journalist’s View of the Struggle” as part of the University of Rhode Island’s fall honors colloquium series, “Nonviolence: Legacies of the Past, Bridges to the Future.” He will speak in Edwards Auditorium on URI’s Kingston Campus, Nov. 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Halberstam has been called a “jack-of-all-trades” in the world of journalism. A former New York Times Vietnam War correspondent, Halberstam is well known for his indictment of Robert McNamara, the Secretary of defense under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Baines Johnson, in his classic, The Best and the Brightest, which chronicled the development of America’s involvement in the war in Vietnam. The author of 16 books, Halberstam has won every major journalistic award, including the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for his reporting of the Vietnam War and the overthrow of the Diem regime. His novel, The Children, documents the lives of several young civil rights activists in Nashville from the 1960s to the present. One of the activists he followed is Dr. Bernard LaFayette, URI’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence and director of URI’s Center for Nonviolence and Peace Center. Halberstam is also a renowned sports writer, known for his many writings on basketball and baseball, including his best-selling biography of basketball legend Michael Jordan. URI’s Colloquium series runs Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For Information: Lynne Derbyshire, 401-874-4732, Arthur Stein, 401-874-4059, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116