Two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee to Lecture at The University of Scranton
The Weinberg Judaic Studies Institute of The University of Scranton will host a lecture by Bret Stephens, foreign affairs columnist and deputy editor of The Wall Street Journal. He will present “Israel: Dangers and Opportunities in the Days Ahead” on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Pearn Auditorium at Brennan Hall on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
In his current position, Stephens is responsible for the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal’s Asia and Europe editions. He is a member of the paper’s editorial board and a regular panelist on “The Journal Editorial Report,” a weekly political talk show carried nationally by the Fox News Channel.
Stephens will speak about Israel from his experience. As editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he held from early 2002 to late 2004, he was responsible for its news, editorial, digital and international editions. Stephens also wrote a weekly column and oversaw the most extensive redesign of the paper in its then 70-year history. He has interviewed every Israeli prime minister since Shimon Peres, as well as other world leaders including Benazir Bhutto, Tony Blair, George W. Bush and Vaclav Havel.
He joined The Wall Street Journal as an op-ed editor in New York in 1998 and later worked for the paper as an editorial writer in Brussels, Belgium. Following his work at The Jerusalem Post, Stephens returned to the Journal. Shortly afterward, in January 2005, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where he had previously been a media fellow.
Stephens has been honored with the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism, the Frank Knox Award for coverage of military affairs, and a South Asian Journalists Association award for his coverage of the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir, and has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on “Charlie Rose,” “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” “The Brian Lehrer Show,” the BBC and NPR, and has been the subject of profiles and stories in several U.S. and international publications.
In 2009, The Atlantic Monthly named Stephens one of the 50 most influential pundits in the United States. The magazine noted that “Stephens can make the conservative case for a hawkish foreign policy and American unilateralism so convincingly that he has persuaded more than a few liberals to join his side.”
For further information, contact Marc Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of theology/religious studies at The University of Scranton, at 941-7956.