The Johns Hopkins Gazette: February 28, 2000
February 28, 2000
VOL. 29, NO. 24


Richard Ben Cramer to Deliver Pouder Lecture on Joe Dimaggio

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Journalist and author Richard Ben Cramer will deliver the G. Harry Pouder Memorial Lecture on "Joe DiMaggio and the Making of the American Hero Machine," on Tuesday, April 11.

Cramer's talk on DiMaggio, the subject of his forthcoming book and documentary film, will provide an in-depth look at one of the most beloved American heros. DiMaggio was perhaps the first modern media star, an athlete of extraordinary gifts and grace, a person of dignity and an icon of American glamor. But he was also a man few truly knew, the "loneliest hero we have ever had."

Cramer, a 1971 Johns Hopkins graduate and former Sun reporter, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 1979, when he was with the Philadelphia Inquirer. He received an Oscar nomination for best documentary in 1996. His DiMaggio biography is his fourth book. Earlier works include What It Takes, the story of the 1998 presidential candidates, and a biography of another baseball legend, Ted Williams.

Since 1978, the G. Harry Pouder Memorial Lecture, focusing on American or English literature, has honored the late executive vice president of the Baltimore Association of Commerce, who died in 1971. A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Evening College, Pouder wrote plays and was associated with the Homewood Playshop, now known as Theatre Hopkins. Past Pouder lecturers include Leon Uris, James Michener, Joyce Carol Oates, Larry McMurtry and Richard Ford.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium, Homewood campus. For more information, call 410-516-7157.