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19 Feb, 2014

Pulitzer-winning NYT journalist to speak on how the “American Dream” is unravelling


Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 – Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Hedrick Smith will visit Georgia State University on Wednesday, March 12 to discuss how America has moved from an era of middle class prosperity and power to an unequal economy that is unraveling the “American Dream” for millions of middle-class families.

Smith’s lecture, “Who Stole the American Dream?” will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Centennial Hall Auditorium (100 Auburn Ave.). It is free and open to the public. His lecture is being hosted by the Honors College and is in recognition of past Honors Program director, Dr. Grant Luckhardt.

In 26 years with The New York Times, Smith — one of the nation’s most distinguished journalists — covered Martin Luther King Jr., the struggle for civil rights, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and six American presidents. Working with PBS, he received two Emmys and created 26 prime-time specials and mini-series on topics from terrorism to Wall Street scandals, Perestroika, Wal-Mart and the fall of Enron. Smith also is the author of the bestsellers “The Russians,” “The Power Game: How Washington Works,” and most recently, “Who Stole the American Dream?” A reception and book signing will follow Smith’s presentation.

“We are honored to be hosting Hedrick Smith on our campus,” said Larry Berman, founding dean of the Georgia State Honors College. “On his current book tour, he has spoken to standing room audiences across the country on how aggressive deregulation, tax policy and the demise of corporate responsibility have undermined the American dream. I know of no speaker who addresses these issues better than Hedrick Smith.”