Special Event – Lynne Olson Talk

20100316 Lynne Olson

Location:  St. John’s College, Great Hall

Talk:  A Special Time in the Special Relationship—The United States and Great Britain

Speaker:  Lynne Olson, Freelance Writer and Former Correspondent

Cost:  $15 for CIR Members/$20 for non-members

Co-sponsored by Santa Fe Council on International Relations and St. John’s College

Following her presentation, Olson will join in a panel discussion with Stanley Cloud and Mike Peters of St. John’s College, moderated by John Andrews.  The panel will entertain questions from the floor.

Lynne Olson has been a reporter and writer since shortly after her graduation from the University of Arizona.  She worked for the Associated Press in the U.S. From 1971 to 1973 and in 1974 became AP’s first woman correspondent in Moscow.  In 1976, Olson returned to Washington, where she covered Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign.  In 1977, Olson joined the Washington bureau of the Baltimore Sun, where she covered national politics and eventually the White House.  In 1981, she became a freelance writer.  She has written for numerous publications and taught journalism for five years at American University in Washington.

Olson and her husband, Stanley Cloud, are co-authors of The Murrow Boys, which was named one of the best books in 1996 by Publishers Weekly.  Olson’s second book, Freedom’s Daughters, is the first comprehensive history of women in the civil rights movement.  Published by Scribner in February 2001, it won a Christopher Award in 2002.  Olson joined with Cloud again to write A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II, published by Alfred A. Knopf in September 2003.

Olson’s fourth book, Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England, was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April 2007.  Drawing wide critical acclaim, it was named one of the top 10 books of 2007 by New York Times book reviewer William Grimes and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Book Prize in history.

Her latest book, Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour, will be published by Random House in February 2010.

St. John’s campus bookstore will have in stock two of Olson’s books:  Citizens of London (to be released February, 2010) and Troublesome Young Men (published April, 2007).  The bookstore will remain open until after the event.

Dinner Bonus:  Make plans to join us the night of this event for dinner at Osteria d’Assisi when the restaurant will make a donation to CIR based on the number of diners who attend.  That means we need your participation! Gather your friends, whether CIR members or not, and enjoy dinner, drinks or just light hors d’oeuvres with the knowledge that a portion of every dollar you spend will support CIR programs.  Reservations (at Osteria 986-5858) recommended; walk-ins accommodated as space allows.  Author, Lynne Olson, will accompany us to the restaurant.

Media Coverage:   Listen to Lynne Olson’s February 3rd interview on NPR.  She is scheduled for an interview on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Wednesday evening, March 3.  Mary-Charlotte Domandi, the host of Santa Fe Radio Cafe on public radio KSFR 101.1, will interview Lynne Olson on Thursday, March 11.  The Radio Cafe airs from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and can also be heard live on the web.  A podcast will be available after the show airs.

Student attendance is FREE with proper identification.
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