Political Commentator David Halberstam to Speak at Yale

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Halberstam will speak at Yale University on November 10 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 of Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, as the next Chubb Fellow.

The lecture, “Iraq and the Shadow of Vietnam,” is free and open to the public.

A distinguished social and political commentator, Halberstam rose to prominence as one of a handful of American reporters who refused to accept the official optimism about the Vietnam War. He won a Pulitzer Prize at age 30 for his prophetic reporting on the war. Beginning with “The Best and the Brightest,” a detailed account of how and why the United States became involved in Vietnam, his most recent 14 books have all been national bestsellers.

Halberstam has written on subjects as diverse as the rise of modern media (“The Powers that Be”), the ascent of Japan as an economic superpower (“The Reckoning”) and the Eisenhower era (“The Fifties”). A columnist for ESPN.com’s Page 2, his “Summer of ‘49”-the story of the pennant race between the Yankees and the Red Sox-is one of five books he has written on sports. His 2002 bestseller, “Firehouse,” was a moving portrait of the men of Engine 40, Ladder 35 in Manhattan, which lost 12 of its 13 firefighters in the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Halberstam graduated from Harvard in 1955. He began his career as the lone reporter for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi, and later wrote for The Nashville Tennessean before joining The New York Times in 1960. He has received 20 honorary degrees and numerous journalism awards.

The Chubb Fellowship is devoted to encouraging and aiding Yale students interested in the operations of government, culture, and public service. Established in 1936 through the generosity of Hendon Chubb (Yale 1895), the program is based in Timothy Dwight College. Each year three or four distinguished women and men have been appointed as visiting Chubb Fellows. While at Yale, they have close, informal contact with students and deliver a public lecture. Former Chubb Fellows include Presidents Ronald Reagan, Raul Alfons’n and Jimmy Carter; prime ministers Clement Atlee and Mario Soares; authors Toni Morrison and Carlos Fuentes; choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov; and journalist Walter Cronkite.

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