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October 21, 1998
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

New Yorker's Jane Kramer to Deliver Journalism Lecture at Hopkins

Jane Kramer, European correspondent for The New Yorker, will deliver the 1998 Frank R. Kent Memorial Lecture in journalism at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, in Newbury Auditorium, Mudd Hall, at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles St. in Baltimore.

Kramer's talk, The Washington State Militia: A Foreign Correspondent at the End of the Line in America, will examine the armed American right, the topic of her next book. The lecture is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Call (410) 516- 7157.

Kramer's New Yorker essay In the South Bronx won the 1993 National Magazine Award. The most recent of her eight books is The Politics of Memory, a collection of essays about Germany. The Last Cowboy won the 1981 National Book Award, and Europeans made her the first American and the first woman to win the coveted Prix Europeen de l Essai Charles Veillon. This past summer, she received the 1998 Women in Communications Clarion Award for her New Yorker article titled Manna from Hell, about the Swiss banking Holocaust scandal.

The Frank R. Kent Memorial Lecture honors the late Baltimore journalist who served as a Sun correspondent in the 1920s and its managing editor for 10 years. He is perhaps best remembered as one of the country's first daily political columnists, and was renowned for his witty and insightful commentary on national political issues. His syndicated column appeared in more than 100 newspapers across the country. Kent retired in 1947 and died in 1958.

Since New York Times journalist James Reston delivered the first in the series in 1965, speakers chosen for the Frank R. Kent Memorial Lecture have always been respected journalists. Some recent speakers have been Frank Rich, New York Times columnist; Ben Bradlee, former Washington Post editor-in-chief; Marvin Kalb, Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy at Harvard University; and David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author.

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