New Yorker writer to talk about cultural criticism

Vinson Cunningham

Vinson Cunningham, staff writer for The New Yorker, will discuss “Searching for a Common Text: Practicing Cultural Criticism Today” on Thursday, Nov. 9, as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Cunningham’s talk will take place at 4 p.m. in the Leitner House at Pierson College, 261 Park St.

His writing on books, art, and culture has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, Vulture, The Awl, the Fader, and McSweeney’s, where he wrote a column called “Field Notes from Gentrified Places.”

Cunningham has lectured, conducted conversations, and served as a panelist at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, Museum of the City of New York, The New Yorker Festival, the Bread Loaf School of English, and the Soho Repertory Theatre.

He previously served as a staff assistant at the Obama White House, and is based in New York City.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Ian Johnson, Lisa Friedman, and Jack Ewing. 

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