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September 5, 1996
Roger Rosenblatt Highlights Southampton Graduate Campus Fall Lecture Series

Contact: Jane Finalborgo and Joe Dionisio
(516) 287-8313

Author and Emmy-winning broadcaster Roger Rosenblatt will be one of the featured speakers during the Fall Merit Fellows Lecture Series at Long Island University's Southampton College.

Unless noted, speeches in the Fall Lecture Series will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre. All are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served in the Avram Family Gallery following each lecture.

On Sunday, October 13 at 3 p.m.-- during Parents Weekend -- Rosenblatt will discuss the Writing Program he is directing in his inaugural semester as a Southampton Graduate Campus Professor.

Rosenblatt's appointment to the English faculty recently prompted a $700,000 gift to the Writing Program by businessman and author Peter Parsons. In honor of the donor, Rosenblatt holds the title of Parsons Family University Professor in Writing.

"In this age of continuous images, writing becomes even more important," says Rosenblatt. "Writing is a fundamental skill."

Rosenblatt, who will teach at the university's Brooklyn and C.W. Post campuses, is a regular essayist on PBS television's News Hour With Jim Lehrer. He is the author of five books, including Children of War, and a contributing writer for Time and The New Republic. Coming Apart, his memoir of life at Harvard in the tumultuous 1960s, will be published this spring.

Rosenblatt's most recent project is a collaboration with Christopher Reeve describing the actor's perseverance following the riding accident which paralyzed him. His article about Reeve was featured this month on the cover of Time magazine.

Other speakers in the Spring Lecture Series are as follows:

Tuesday, September 24, 7 p.m., HARRIET FULBRIGHT
The widow of Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright will discuss the international exchange of scholars in higher education. The Fulbright Program, celebrating its 50th anniversary, has provided the exchange of 250,000 Americans studying abroad, and foreign students coming to the U.S.
Thursday, October 3, 5:30 p.m., SIV CEDERING
The distinguished poet will deliver the annual John Steinbeck Lecture and read from some of her work.
Wednesday, October 16, 5 p.m., PETER MATTHIESSEN
The naturalist/author will read from Lumumba Lives, one of his short stories, and Survival of the Hunter, a piece about whaling in Greenland. His books include Men's Lives, and At Play in The Fields of The Lord.
Thursday, October 24, 7-9 p.m., PRE-ELECTION DEBATE
Speakers representing political parties such as Democrat, Republican, United We Stand, Green Party, Socialist, Communist and Reform Party are expected at this quadrennial debate.
Monday, December 2, 9 p.m., ELAINE BENSON
The owner of one of the East End's most influential art galleries will discuss her new book The History of Underwear.
Thursday, December 5, 7 p.m., DR. ROBERT BRIER
The chairman of the Philosophy Department at C.W. Post is a noted archeologist and Egyptologist. Brier, who will review his recent research on mummies, is completing a television special on Egyptian antiquities for the Discovery Channel.
Monday, December 9, 7 p.m., DR. MORRELL M. AVRAM
As Professor of Medicine, Chief of Nephrology and Founder of the Avram Center for Kidney Diseases at Long Island College Hospital, Dr. Avram is a pioneer in the development of artificial organs and transplants. His lecture is titled "Nutrition and Good Health as We Enter the 21st Century."
For information on the Merit Fellow Lectures, call Bob Danziger, Director of the Southampton Graduate Campus Honors Program, at 287-8306.

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