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The Delacorte Lectures: John R. MacArthur of Harper's

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Pulitzer Hall World Room (third floor)

John R. (Rick) MacArthur, Publisher of Harper's Magazine, speaks as part of the 2015 Delacorte Lecture Series. #CJSDelacorte Event begins promptly at 6:00PM. Refreshments will be provided. The Delacorte Lectures, presented in the spring semester, examine aspects of magazine journalism by a leader in the field of magazine publishing. The series is headed by Victor Navasky, the George T. Delacorte Professor in Magazine Journalism and director of the Delacorte Center. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

John R. (Rick) MacArthur is president and publisher of Harpers Magazine, the oldest continuously published monthly magazine in America. He is also an award-winning journalist and author. In 2008, MacArthur published his third book, You Cant be President: The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America. He writes a monthly column for the Providence Journal and, in French, for Le Devoir (Montreal) on a wide range of topics from politics to culture. Those columns were collected in a book, LIllusion Obama, that was published in France and in Quebec in 2012. MacArthurs first book, Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, was a New York Times notable book. His second book, the critically acclaimed The Selling of Free Trade: NAFTA, Washington, and the Subversion of American Democracy, was published in the spring of 2000. MacArthur initiated the foundation-sponsored rescue of Harpers Magazine in 1980. Before joining Harpers full time in the fall of 1983, MacArthur was an assistant foreign editor at United Press International and a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, The Record (Bergen County, NJ) and Washington Star. In 1993 he received the Mencken Award for best editorial/op-ed column for his New York Times exposure of Nayirah al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassadors daughter who helped fake the Iraqi baby-incubator atrocity in the propaganda run-up to the first Gulf War. Under MacArthurs stewardship Harpers Magazine has received numerous awards, including 17 National Magazine Awards, the industrys highest recognition. A tireless advocate for international human rights, MacArthur founded and serves on the board of directors of the Death Penalty Information Center and the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center. Along with members of his family he founded Article 19, the International Center on Censorship, based in London, and in 1989 he initiated and helped organize the PEN/Article 19/Authors Guild rally for Salman Rushdie. He is also on the board of directors of the Authors Guild, and he is a fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities. Born on June 4, 1956, in New York City, Mr. MacArthur grew up in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated in 1978 from Columbia University with a B.A. in history. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.

For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauren Schaefer by sending email to ls2999@columbia.edu .
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