New York Times and Atlantic Monthly Editors Featured at UMass Amherst History and Politics Lecture Series

AMHERST, Mass. - This spring’s History and Politics Lecture Series at the University of Massachusetts will feature writers for The New York Times and the Atlantic Monthly, according to co-coordinators political science professor Jerome Mileur and history professor Ron Story.

Both lectures are at 3:30 in Herter 601, and are free and open to the public.

On Wed., March 25, Peter Applebome, former chief national education correspondent for the New York Times, will give a lecture based on his book "Dixie Rising: How the South is Shaping American Values, Politics, and Culture."

Kirkus Reviews describes the book as "cogent political and cultural reportage [that] proves a strikingly simple, if seemingly incongruous, theorem: With the rise of the so-called ‘New South,’ the nation has come to resemble the region, not vice versa, as is widely assumed."

Applebome was born in New York City, has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the Times in 1986, he worked in Texas for the Dallas Morning News and Texas Monthly Magazine. He went to the Times as national correspondent and then bureau chief in Houston, and from 1989-94 was Southern bureau chief in Atlanta. "Dixie Rising," which is in its fourth printing, came out of his experience of 20 years of reporting in Texas and the Southeast. Between 1994-98, Applebome was chief national education correspondent, covering both K-12 and higher education. He is now a reporter with the newspaper’s culture section.

On Wed., April 22, Peter Kaplan, contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly, will give a lecture based on "Was Democracy Just a Moment?," which appeared in the December issue of the Atlantic as part of its "Future of Democracy" series. Focusing on the role of multinational corporations in the Third World as well as the U.S., the essay has elicited responses in numerous publications.

A University of Connecticut graduate, Kaplan has written "The Ends of the Earth: A Journey at the Dawn of the 21st Century" (1996), which was selected as a New York Times "notable book of the year." His next book, "An Empire Wilderness: Reflections on America’s Future," will be published some time later this year.