Author, journalist Ron Suskind to speak Nov. 19 at UTSA University Center

Ron Suskind

Ron Suskind

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(Nov. 4, 2009)--The UTSA Office of Learning Communities will host a lecture by Washington, D.C.-based author and journalist Ron Suskind at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 19 in the University Center Ballroom (1.104) on the Main Campus. Suskind is the author of "A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey From the Inner City to the Ivy League." The lecture is free and open to the public. Suskind will sign books after the lecture.

Suskind will discuss his biography of Cedric Jennings, describing the young man's transition from inner-city high school achiever in Washington, D.C., to culture-shocked survivor at Brown University. The book, which was launched by a series in the Wall Street Journal that won him the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing, has been a favorite on U.S. campuses and in book clubs.

UTSA's Learning Communities program offers a framework for freshman students to connect with each other, creating a community inside and outside the classroom. This fall, 1,300 freshmen enrolled in Learning Community groups and participated in the Common Reading Experience, wherein students read the same book and other materials.

Suskind's latest book, "The Way of the World," is a multi-layered narrative about the forces at home and abroad fighting today's battles for hope and security. His 2004 book, "The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill," is a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the Bush presidency.

From 1993 to 2000, Suskind was the senior national affairs writer for the Wall Street Journal. He currently writes for various national magazines including the New York Times Magazine and Esquire. He has appeared on various television news programs as a correspondent or essayist and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

For more information, call the Learning Communities office at 210-458-7490.