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Academic Ceremonies - Convocation

Convocation Speaker

2008 Convocation Speaker, Ron Suskind

• Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist
• Bestselling Author: The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of its Enemies since 9/11 (2006), Price of Loyalty (2004) and A Hope in the Unseen (1998)

Ron Suskind is one of America’s leading authors and journalists. His vivid prose won him the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1995 and he continues to captivate audiences through his writing and his lectures by engaging them in a detailed exploration of human experiences.

Mr. Suskind is the author of A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League, (1998), which follows the two year journey of a prickly, religious honor student as he escapes from a blighted, Washington, D.C. terrain to find a home at Brown University. The book was launched by a series in The Wall Street Journal which won him the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing.

Relying on unique access to former and current government officials, Mr. Suskind's book, The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of its Enemies since 9/11, (2006), reveals how the U.S. government — from President Bush on down — is frantically improvising to fight a new kind of war. Mr. Suskind describes what he calls the invisible battlefield, a global matrix where U.S. spies race to catch soldiers of jihad before they strike.

His book, The Price of Loyalty, George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill, (2004), is a sweeping tour of the inner workings of the Bush administration. The New York Times #1 Bestseller follows the two-year arc of Paul O'Neill, the former Treasury Secretary and a principal of the National Security Council, as he and other senior officials assess the conduct and character of this presidency. It was awarded first prize as Best Book of 2004 by the Investigative Reporters and Editors.

From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Suskind was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal. He was a contributor to Profiles in Courage for Our Times, (2002), along with other prize-winning authors. He currently writes for various national magazines, including The New York Times Magazine and Esquire Magazine. His October 17, 2004 cover story in The New York Times MagazineWithout a Doubt: Faith, Certainty, and the Presidency of George W. Bush– is widely cited among the most definitive articles about President Bush in recent times.

Mr. Suskind has appeared on various network news programs as a correspondent or essayist and is a distinguished visiting scholar at Dartmouth College. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Cornelia Kennedy Suskind, and their two sons.

Mr. Suskind’s latest book, The Way of the World, was published in 2008.

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