April 21, 2024

Conversation With Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia University

The Silurians will host a visit with Steve Coll, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who has amazing range as a journalist. In 1990, Coll and David Vise won the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their extensive coverage in the Washington Post of the Securities & Exchange Commission and its troubled chairman John Shad. In 2005, Coll then won a Pulitzer for general non-fiction for his book: “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and Bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to Sept. 10, 2001”. His other books include “Traveling The Grand Trunk Road, A Journey into South Asia”, covering his adventures while the Washington Post Bureau Chief in New Delhi. His most recent book is “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power” about the reach of the world’s largest oil company. Two of his earlier books covered the takeover of Getty Oil and the breakup of AT & T.

Now, Coll is in the first year of what may be his greatest challenge, keeping journalism alive and well while training young people how to survive and thrive in the ever-shifting and crumbling landscape of the news business.
Please make your reservations now for what is sure to be a fascinating discussion. Call the Silurians Reservation Line 212 532-0887212 532-0887. $45 for members, $50 guests. You may also bring your dues check for $60 or mail it to the Society of the Silurians, P.O. Box 1195, Madison Square Station, New York, N.Y. 10159