Monday January 29, 2007

Pitts to Visit UD

The Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist will offer his commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life in a free, public lecture.

Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. will offer his commentary on pop culture, social issues and family life in a free, public lecture at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in the Kennedy Union ballroom on UD's campus. Pitts' appearance is part of UD's Distinguished Speakers Series.

Pitts' column runs twice weekly in nearly 250 newspapers, including the Dayton Daily News. "We'll Go Forward From This Moment," perhaps his most famous column, was an open letter to the terrorists following the Sept. 11 attacks that circulated the globe, generated nearly 30,000 e-mails, was set to music and read on television by Regis Philbin.

The 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner for commentary wrote Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood. The five-time National Headliners Award winner also has written radio programs on topics ranging from Madonna to Martin Luther King Jr. and once was a writer for "Casey's Top 40 with Casey Kasem."

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.