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Baruch College Welcomes Author Hilton Als for 2013 Sidney Harman Writers-in-Residence Program

NEW YORK, NY-February 22, 2013 - The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College has named author and New Yorker staff writer/ theater critic Hilton Als as the Writer-in-Residence for the 2013 semester. Hilton Als will present a free, public reading of his work on March 19 at 5:45p.m.

Named after American businessman and renowned alumnus Sidney Harman (39) and funded through his generosity, the Harman Writers-in-Residence Program invites distinguished poets, novelists, journalists, playwrights, essayists and critics to campus each semester to teach small classes in writing and present a public reading of their work. The three-credit classes are open to students of all majors who must submit an online application and writing samples in order to participate. Mr. Als will be teaching a workshop in reviewing and criticism throughout the 2013 semester.

Before coming to The New Yorker, Mr. Als was a staff writer for the Village Voice and an editor-at-large at Vibe. He has also written articles for The Nation and collaborated on film scripts for Swoon and Looking for Langston. His first book, The Women, a meditation on gender, race and personal identity, was published in 1996, followed by Justin Bond/Jackie Curtis in 2010. His new book, White Girls, will be published by McSweeneys in 2013. Mr. Als has received numerous awards, including first prize in1997 for Magazine/Critique/Review and Magazine Arts and Entertainment by the New York Association of Black Journalists; a Guggenheim for Creative Writing in 2000; and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for 2002-2003.


WHAT: Harman Writer-in-Residence, A Reading and Conversation with Hilton Als

WHEN: Reception: 5:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m.
              Reading: 5:45 p.m.- 7:45 p.m., Tuesday, March 19

WHERE: Rackow Conference Room - Room 750, Information and Technology Building,
                 151 E. 25th Street (between Third and Lexington)

For more information about the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program visit or contact Roslyn Bernstein, Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at 646-312-3930 or


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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