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Library's Neilly Series kicks off September 25

Oscar Hijuelos
Writer Oscar Hijuelos

John Noble Wilford, a senior science writer at The New York Times, will discuss why "If It's Old, It's News" in the first talk of the 2003-04 Neilly Series. Sponsored by University Libraries and made possible through a gift from Life Trustee Andrew Neilly '47 and his wife, Janet Dayton Neilly, the series hosts a range of talks on topics that run the academic and social gamut.

The author of The Riddle of the Dinosaur, The Mapmakers, and The Mysterious History of Columbus, Wilford will examine why news is more than simply what happened yesterday at City Hall, in Albany, or in Washington but is connected to a universal need to explore much larger questions.

Other highlights for the season include:

October 10: Oscar Hijuelos, acclaimed Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the international bestseller The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, will present "From Anecdote to Speculation--The Small and Larger Details of Life that Inspire One's Fiction." (Hubbell Auditorium)

November 13: David Ropeik, director of risk communication at the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis, will talk about "Risk Perception: Why Our Fears Don't Match the Facts."

January 29: Robert Bakos, associate professor of neurosurgery, will discuss the medical histories of several famous composers and investigate how their medical conditions affected their creativity and contributed to their deaths in the talk "Dead German Composers and How They Got That Way."

February 26: Linda Sue Park, author of A Single Shard and winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, will discuss her reading, writing, and publication journey in a talk titled "Slushpile Cinderella."

March 24: Mark Pachter, director of the National Portrait Gallery, will discuss "The Making of an American Icon: George Washington and Gilbert Stuart."

All talks are held in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library at 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public.

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