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March 21, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian David Halberstam will participate in a panel discussion titled "The '60s: Writing and Living History" as part of the second annual American Airlines Tate Academic Summit. The summit is part of a series of events on the SMU campus involving multiple academic areas.

Joining Halberstam on the panel will be SMU History Professor Kenneth Hamilton, SMU Corporate Communications Professor Rita Whillock and SMU Professor Dennis Ippolito, chair of the Political Science Department in Dedman College. The panel discussion will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer Street on the SMU campus. It will be moderated by SMU History Professor Thomas Knock.

David Halberstam was one of the first journalists to refuse to accept the U.S. government's official optimistic stance regarding the conflict in Vietnam. His coverage of the war, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964, so annoyed President Kennedy that he asked the publisher of The New York Times to transfer Halberstam to a different bureau, a request the newspaper refused.

Halberstam has written 11 best-selling books, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, War in a Time of Peace, The Summer of '49, The Amateurs, Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made and his most recent, The Children.

"American Airlines is proud to be associated with this opportunity for SMU," said Tim Doke, Vice President-Corporate Communications of American Airlines. "The Academic Summit with David Halberstam continues a great tradition for SMU's Tate Lecture Series and American Airlines."