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Anna Quindlen to Speak at Moravian College - November 19

Her appearance marks the 19th anniversary of the Cohen series

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best selling author Anna Quindlen, will present "Choices and Changes in the 21st Century," at Moravian College, Tuesday, November 19, at 8:00 pm. Quindlen will discuss a variety of issues including the corporate world's responsibility to families, the future of journalism, medical ethics, and the challenges of raising children in today's world. Her lecture will mark the 19th anniversary of the Cohen Arts and Lectures series at Moravian.

During the past 25 years, Quindlen's writings have been featured in America's top newspapers and magazines. Her work has been recognized in both fiction and non-fiction Bestseller Lists. Her most recent book "Blessing's" was released in September 2002.

Quindlen was a columnist for The New York Times from 1981 - 1994, and was named the paper's deputy metropolitan editor in 1983. She started her own column in 1985 called "Life in the 30's." In 1990 when she began the nationally syndicated "Public and Private" opinion piece, she became only the third woman in the paper's history to write a regular column for The Times Op-Ed page. Quindlen was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1992. A collection of her editorials, Thinking Out Loud, was published in book form in 1993. Quindlen left the newspaper world in 1995 to become a full-time novelist and produced three best selling novels, Object Lessons (1991), One True Thing (1994), and Black and Blue (1998). With the publication of her non-fiction book, A Short Guide to a Happy Life, Quindlen hit a triple-header as the first author ever to have books appear simultaneously on the fiction, nonfiction, and self-help New York Times Best Seller lists. At present, Quindlen has resumed the role of columnist again, writing the prestigious "Last Word" column located on the back page of Newsweek magazine.

Quindlen has been honored with honorary doctorate of literature by Moravian College in 1996. She has also received honorary degrees from Dartmouth College, Denison University, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Bates College, Southern Connecticut State University,. She has been awarded the University Medal of Excellence by Columbia University; was named a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale; and a Victoria Fellow in Contemporary Issues at Rutgers University.

Quindlen graduated from Barnard College and serves on the Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Council of the Author's Guild, the Board at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, the Board of NARAL Foundation, and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Advocates.

Anna Quindlen's appearance marks the 19th anniversary of the Cohen series at Moravian College. In past years, the series has brought to Bethlehem such notables as Andrea Mitchell, Joseph Kennedy II, Ambassador Andrew Young, James Carville and John Sununu, the New York Philomusica, former President Jimmy Carter, author Kurt Vonnegut, former governor Mario Cuomo, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

The Cohen Arts and Lectures Series at Moravian College was established in 1984 by Bernard and Bertha Cohen, who were active in Bethlehem business and community affairs until their 1976 relocation to Florida. Bertha Cohen is a 1937 Moravian graduate and a former member of the college's board of trustees. Bernard Cohen, now deceased, is an alumni of Lehigh University, class of 1936.

Tickets for the lecture are $10 and available at the HUB desk in the Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Monocacy and West Locust streets. Tickets may be purchased by phone during normal business hours at (610) 625-7880. Tickets will be sold at the door in Johnston Hall prior to the lecture. Proceeds from the performance benefit the Moravian College Scholarship Fund.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information call (610) 861-1491 or visit the web site at www.moravian.edu .