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A State of the Union Conversation: An Evening with Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz  A Visions and Voices Signature Event

A State of the Union Conversation: An Evening with Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Visions and Voices

  • Date:
    Monday, October 15, 2012
  • Time:
    7:00 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
  • Cost:
    Admission is free. Seating is general admission. Reservations required. To RSVP, click on the links below.

    USC Students, Staff and Faculty: To RSVP, click here.
    General Public: To RSVP, click here.

    Book signing and reception to follow.

    The University Club at King Stoops Hall will offer a prix-fixe dinner prior to this event. For information and to make reservations, click here.

Summary:

Frank Rich, a writer-at-large for New York Magazine and former New York Times columnist, and Fran Lebowitz, cultural satirist and witty chronicler of the “me decade,” will come together for a rare and stimulating conversation exploring our pre-election state of the union.

Description:

No topic will be off limits when distinguished authors and journalists Frank Rich and Fran Lebowitz come together for a rare and stimulating conversation exploring our pre-election state of the union. Hear their thoughts on everything from the economy to gay marriage to foreign policy in what promises to be a smart, lively and entertaining look at the 2012 presidential election.

About Lebowitz and Rich:

Purveyor of urban cool, witty chronicler of the “me decade” and the cultural satirist whom many call the heir to Dorothy Parker, Fran Lebowitz remains one of the foremost advocates of the extreme statement. She offers insights on timely issues such as gender, race, gay rights and the media as well as her own pet peeves, including celebrity culture, tourists and strollers. Lebowitz’s first two classic books of essays, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, have been collected in the Fran Lebowitz Reader. Lebowitz is forthright, irascible and unapologetically opinionated. Lebowitz is also the subject of Public Speaking, an HBO documentary film directed by Martin Scorsese. (Lebowitz on Facebook)

Frank Rich joined New York magazine in 2011 as writer-at-large, writing monthly on politics and culture, and editing a special monthly section anchored by his essay. He is also a commentator on nymag.com, engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week. Rich joined the magazine following a distinguished career at the New York Times, where his Sunday Op-Ed column helped inaugurate the expanded opinion pages that the paper introduced in 2005. Among other honors, Rich received the George Polk Award for Commentary and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University. His best-selling books include The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth in Bush’s America and Ghost Light: A Memoir. Rich is also a creative consultant at HBO and an executive producer of two HBO projects: Veep, a new satirical comedy about Washington starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a forthcoming documentary about Stephen Sondheim. (Rich at New York magazine and the New York Times)

Co-sponsored by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Interfraternity Council.

Photo (Frank Rich): Danny Kim