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Lecture Series
August 20, 2012

Frank Bruni, New York Times Columnist to Speak Sept. 27

Who: Frank Bruni, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist and Author
What: Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series Speaker
Where: St. Francis College – Founders Hall
180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201
When: Thursday, September 27
11:00 – 12:30pm
FREE & Open to the Public

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Frank Bruni
Photo: Soo-Jeong Kang

From sweeping across the Iraqi desert with the U.S. Armed Forces to reviewing cuisine at the best restaurants in the world, New York Times Op-Ed Columnist Frank Bruni has followed an eclectic path in his journalism career.

Now he brings his stories to St. Francis College as speaker for the 2012 Thomas J. Volpe Lecture Series on Thursday, September 27 at 11:00am in the College’s Founders Hall.

“It’s our goal to present St. Francis College students and the entire Brooklyn community with provocative and insightful speakers,” said Chairman Emeritus of the St. Francis College Board of Trustees Thomas J. Volpe, a former Senior Vice President of Financial Operations for The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. “Frank Bruni’s life and career offer a number of opportunities for us to challenge our students to think critically about the world around them. We look forward to a spirited lecture and discussion.”

Frank Bruni was named an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in June 2011. Before that, he was the paper’s chief restaurant critic for five and a half years. Since joining the Times in 1995, he has also been the Rome bureau chief, a White House correspondent, the lead reporter covering George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, a staff writer for the The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and a cocktails columnist. His restaurant-related articles for the Times and elsewhere have appeared in five consecutive editions of Best Food Writing in America . He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for his work before the Times at the Detroit Free Press. He lives in New York City .

The lecture series is funded through a generous gift from Thomas J. Volpe. Guest speakers offer an international perspective in a variety of fields; from business leaders to world leaders. Past speakers include authors Pete Hamill, E.L. Doctorow and Salman Rushdie, Russell Simmons (Def Jam), Mariane Pearl (wife of slain reporter Daniel Pearl), Paul Rusesabagina (the real Hotel Rwanda hero), Lech Walesa (former President of Poland, Nobel Prize winner) and George Mitchell (former U.S. Senator, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, baseball steroids report).

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