WILLIAMSTOWN — Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Dan Barry will engage in a conversation at Williams College titled "Baseball, Bunkhouses and Burlesque: Travels Across America," at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 3 of Griffin Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Barry, who writes the newspaper's "This Land" column, will focus on his experiences traveling throughout all 50 states to report for his column in the Times, during which he has met the coroner from The Wizard of Oz, learned the bump-and-grind from a mostly retired burlesque queen, and been hit in the chest by an Asian carp leaping out of the Illinois River.
Outside of "This Land," he has also reported on topics ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the New York Mets.
Political science professor Justin Crowe, who is using Barry's writing as the basis for a current Winter Study course, will engage Barry in this conversation about his work for the Times.
Barry joined The New York Times in 1995 and has served as Long Island bureau chief, City Hall bureau chief, and the "About New York" columnist. Before joining the Times, he wrote for The Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Conn., and the Providence Journal-Bulletin, where his work both contributed to the paper's 1994 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting and prompted protesters to burn copies of his stories outside the newspaper's building.
In addition to his columns and investigative reporting, Barry is the author of three books: "Pull Me Up: A Memoir; City Lights: Stories About New York;" and "Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game," which received the 2012 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. His fourth book, "Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland," will be released in May.
Beyond the Pulitzer he shared with his colleagues in Providence, he has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing, including, in 2010, for "This Land." His other honors include the 2003 American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for deadline reporting, for his coverage of the first anniversary of 9/11; the 2005 Mike Berger Award, from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which honors in-depth human interest reporting; and the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi award for column writing from the Society for Professional Journalists. Barry graduated from St. Bonaventure University and earned a master's degree in journalism from New York University.
A book signing with Barry will follow the event. The talk is sponsored by the Leadership Studies Program and the Winter Study Committee.