Sam Freedman, an author, journalist and professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will be the first speaker in the 2013-14 “Conversations With Writers” series presented by the UC Davis University Writing Program.
Freedman will speak about his new book, “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights” at 4 p.m. Thursday in 126 Voorhies Hall at UCD. The event is free and open to the public.
Freedman was a New York Times staff writer from 1981 to 1987. Since then, he has published several books, including “Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School,” which was a finalist for the 1990 National Book Award; “The Inheritance: How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and “Jew vs Jew: The Struggle for the Soul of American Jury,” which won the National Jewish Book Award for Non-Fiction in 2001.
In addition to writing books, Freedman is the New York Times’ On Religion columnist and is a nationally renowned journalism professor. His book-writing seminar at Columbia University has generated more than 60 published authors in the years since he began teaching it in the early 1990s.
In 2012, Freedman won Columbia University’s Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching.
“Breaking the Line” has been widely reviewed. The Tampa Tribune wrote that, “In a book full of smooth prose and jaunty narrative, author Samuel G. Freedman evokes two of the biggest legends of jazz and big bands to compare two iconic powers of black college football — and their coaches. … Freedman has written more than a sports book. It is a valuable and necessary work of social history.”
For more information, contact University Writing Program lecturer Ken Andersen at email@example.com.