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October 23, 1996
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Frank Rich Is Kent Lecturer at Hopkins Nov. 13

Frank Rich, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, will give the annual Frank Kent Memorial Lecture in Journalism, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. in Newbury Auditorium of Mudd Hall at The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Rich's talk is titled, "Cultural Wars in an Election Year." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Since 1994, Rich has written a twice-weekly column commenting upon American society and culture, drawing from his background as theater critic and observer of art, entertainment and politics. Prior to launching his column, Rich was chief drama critic at the Times since 1980. Before joining the Times, he was TV and film critic for Time magazine.

Rich is also a keen observer of American politics. During the presidential campaign of 1992, he joined with New York Times Washington reporter Maureen Dowd to write a daily column about the political conventions. They revived their column during Inauguration Week in 1993.

In addition to his work at the Times, Rich has written about culture and politics for other publications, including The New Republic, Esquire and The Washington Monthly. His book, The Theatre Art of Boris Aronson, co-authored by Lisa Aronson, was published by Knopf in 1987.

Rich lives in Manhattan with his wife, New York Times reporter Alex Witchel, and his two sons.

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

Previous speakers in the Kent Memorial Lecture series include Russell Baker, Walter Cronkite, Sam Donaldson, Ted Koppel and Marvin Kalb. The Kent Lecture is free and open to the public.

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