New York Times Columnist Gail Collins to Speak March 8 at Women's History Month Lecture

New York Times columnist Gail Collins will deliver the 18th annual Luann Dummer Lecture based on her latest book, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, on Tuesday, March 8.

Gail Collins

Gail Collins

Collins will give the lecture at 7 p.m. in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow.

Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board and later became an op-ed columnist. In 2001 she became the first woman appointed editor of the Times’ editorial page. At the beginning of 2007 she stepped down to finish When Everything Changed. She returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007.

Before joining the Times, Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International. Her first jobs in journalism were in Connecticut, where she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of the state capitol and Connecticut politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB was the largest news service of its kind in the country, with more than 30 weekly and daily newspapers.

Aside from When Everything Changed, Collins is the author of America's Women, Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, and The Millennium Book, which she co-wrote with her husband, Dan Collins.

St. Thomas’ annual Women's History Month lecture is named for the late Dr. Luann Dummer, a St. Thomas English professor whose 1992 estate provided approximately $1 million for the creation of a women's center at St. Thomas and an endowment for its programs, including the annual lecture series.

For more information about Collins' lecture, contact St. Thomas' Luann Dummer Center for Women, (651) 962-6119.