Philip Gourevitch, New Editor of The Paris Review,
Will Deliver Annual George Weissman Lecture

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Philip Gourevitch, a 2002 Sidney Harman Fellow at Baruch and the recently named editor of the prestigious literary magazine The Paris Review , will speak at Baruch at the Annual George Weissman Lecture on the Influence of the Arts on Society, which takes place on Tuesday, May 10 at 5:45 p.m. in the Engelman Recital Hall, B2 of the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus at 55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street.

The lecture, an annual examination of the social impact of the arts, will this year explore the arts in relation to our response to human atrocity. In the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and ongoing terror, acts of war, natural disaster, bloodshed and genocide, how do artists respond? A new spate of books, films, musical compositions and other works of art are now coming to terms with these issues and events: how successful are they?

Gourevitch first addressed an audience at Baruch in 2000 when he was asked to inaugurate the freshman text initiative, which ties the annual Convocation address to a book that all incoming freshman are assigned to read. His infamous report on genocide in Rwanda, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, was selected that year.

The book was a critical and commercial success, winning the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the George K. Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, the PEN/Martha Algrand Award for First Nonfiction, the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award, and, in England, the Guardian First Book Award. It has been published in six foreign languages.

Gourevitch was a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1997 until his recent naming as editor of The Paris Review, a mantle he takes over from the late George Plimpton, who founded the magazine in 1950. Gourevitch's first book, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda   (1998)

His second book, A Cold Case , an account of a three-decades-long investigation of a double homicide in New York City, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Gourevitch's reportage and critical essays have appeared in numerous publications in addition to the New Yorker . These include Granta , Harper's Magazine , and The New York Review of Books . His short fiction has been published in various journals, including Story , Southwest Review , and Zoetrope .

He has also served as the Chair of the International Committee of PEN American Center, and as a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute.

For more information contact:
Vince Passaro
(212) 802-2916