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CAMBRIDGE, MA — The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government will be enriched by new Fellows, a Writer-in-Residence and visiting faculty this Fall.
One of the most celebrated non-fiction writers of our time, Tracy Kidder, will be the first A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence. Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, the National Book Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Award. He is the author of several nonfiction books including The Soul of a New Machine, Hometown, My Detachment, Mountains Beyond Mountains and Strength in What Remains. The A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence Program is designed to bring professional nonfiction writers to the Shorenstein Center and provide an opportunity for them to do research and work on a specific project, as well as interact with a community of scholars and students. Kidder will teach student workshops on writing, work on his new book, and participate in Shorenstein Center events. The Rosenthal program was created as a memorial and funded by gifts from A.M. Rosenthal’s widow, Shirley Lord Rosenthal, and other friends and admirers. Rosenthal, who died in 2006, was formerly the executive editor of The New York Times.
"This semester at the Shorenstein Center is going to be truly extraordinary, with a group of fellows and visiting faculty that can only be viewed as all-stars,'" said Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center.
Clay Shirky, one of the most prominent thinkers on the social and economic effects of Internet technology, will be the Visiting Murrow Lecturer on the Practice of Press and Public Policy. He is the author of the new book, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, and Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Shirky teaches in New York University's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program. While at Harvard, he will be teaching a course on “New Media and Public Action.”
Four Shorenstein Fellows will spend the semester researching and writing a paper, and interacting with students and members of the Harvard community.
The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard Kennedy School research center dedicated to exploring the intersection of press, politics and public policy in theory and practice. The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars and, increasingly, between them and the public. More information about the Center is available at www.shorensteincenter.org.