Pulitzer Prize-Winner David Shipler to Speak on Bison Hill

OBU will host David K. Shipler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Feb. 9. The Woodrow Wilson program’s membership consists of prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals.

Shipler will present a public lecture titled “Liberty and Security: Can We Have Both?” on Thurs., Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in OBU’s Bailey Business Center. The public is invited to attend the free event.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings professionals to campuses across the United States for teaching and dialogue with students and faculty members.

Shipler worked for The New York Times from 1966 to 1988, reporting from New York, Saigon, Moscow and Jerusalem before serving as chief diplomatic correspondent in Washington. He shared a George Polk Award for his coverage of the 1982 war in Lebanon and was executive producer, writer and narrator of two PBS documentaries on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, one of which won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

He is the author of six books: “Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams; Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land” (which won a Pulitzer Prize); “A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America”; “The Working Poor: Invisible in America”; “The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties”; and, being published in 2012, “Rights at Risk: The Limits of Liberty in Modern America.”

Shipler has been a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a trustee of Dartmouth College, chair of the Pulitzer jury on general nonfiction, a writer-in-residence at the University of Southern California, and a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. He has taught at Princeton University, at American University in Washington, D.C., and at Dartmouth College.

For more information about the Woodrow Wilson program, contact Dr. Ben Myers, associate professor of English and OBU’s coordinator for the program, at (405) 878-4140 or e-mail ben.myers@okbu.edu.