Award-winning author and New York Times journalist Anthony DePalma to give lecture April 23

Award-winning author and New York Times journalist Anthony DePalma to give lecture April 23

Award-winning author and journalist Anthony DePalma will give the next lecture in the Donald B. Regan Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of St. Thomas.

The series, which will continue at the university for the next five years, explores the study of North American economic and political integration.

DePalma's lecture follows a social hour and dinner; the evening events begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the Schulze Grand Atrium of St. Thomas' School of Law in downtown Minneapolis. Reservations are required; R.S.V.P. by April 13 to Jane Jackelen, (651) 962-6969.

DePalma , writer-in-residence at Seton Hall University and a staff reporter for The New York Times for more than 20 years, is author of The Man Who Invented Fidel (2006) and Here: A Biography of the New American Continent (2001). The first Times foreign correspondent to serve as bureau chief in both Mexico and Canada, DePalma is well known for his articles on environmental issues, Mexico, Canada, Cuba and issues affecting North America as a whole such as the North American Free Trade Agreement.

From 2000 to 2002, DePalma was an international business correspondent covering North and South America. He wrote nearly 100 of the Times' "Portraits of Grief," about individuals who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001,  which won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2002. In 2003 he was awarded a fellowship at the University of Notre Dame's Institute for International Studies where he wrote "Myths of the Enemy," a paper about Cuba's Fidel Castro. After returning to the Times he became part of the team of correspondents and editors that produced the "Class Matters" series and book (Times Books, 2005). He is now writing a book on the health and environmental aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The lecture is supported by a gift to the university's College of Arts and Sciences from Donald B. Regan, a North St. Paul businessman who is founder and chairman of Premier Bank system in Minnesota. 

Twin Cities Public Television will tape the lecture for summer broadcast; watch local listings and Bulletin Today for broadcast times.

For further information on Donald B. Regan Distinguished Lecture Series, call Dr. Robert Riley, professor of economics and director of the university's International Studies Program, (651) 962-5687.