University of Pittsburgh
February 8, 2001

NEW YORKER STAFF WRITER TO SPEAK AT PITT'S PITTSBURGH CONTEMPORARY WRITERS SERIES

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 9 -- Jane Kramer, European correspondent for the New Yorker, will be the Pittsburgh Contemporary Writers Series featured guest on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 8:15 p.m., in the University of Pittsburgh's Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Schenley Drive, Oakland.

Author of eight books: "Off Washington Square," "Allen Ginsberg in America," "Honor to the Bride," "The Last Cowboy," "Unsettling Europe," "Europeans," "Whose Art Is It?" and "The Politics of Memory," Kramer writes the celebrated "Letter from Europe" for the New Yorker.

She has won an American Book Award, a National Magazine Award, a Front Page Award, and an Emmy Award. In 1993, Kramer was the first American and the first woman to win the Prix Européen de l'Essai, Europe's most prestigious award for non-fiction.

A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the New York Institute for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a founding board member of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Kramer has taught at Princeton and was the Regents Professor at the University of California at Berkeley.

She was born in Providence, Rhode Island, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College, and received a master's degree in English at Columbia University before starting her career in journalism. After a year at The Village Voice, Kramer joined The New Yorker in 1964. She divides her time between Europe and New York, where her husband, the anthropologist Vincent Crapanzano, is the Distinguished Professor at CUNY's Graduate Center.

The Contemporary Writers Series is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Wyndham Garden Hotel-University Place, The Book Center, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Department of Africana Studies, The Women's Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, East Asian Studies, University of Pittsburgh Press, Creative Nonfiction, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, and the Honors College.

The series is free and open to the public. For more information, call

412-624-6506.

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