Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd will discuss "Fit to Print: Writing on Washington," during her visit to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum on Monday, Nov. 17. The dinner preceding her discussion is restricted to the CMC community, but seating for the talk, beginning at 6:45 p.m., is open to all on a first-come basis.
Dowd has been a columnist for The New York Times since 1995, after having been a correspondent at the Washington bureau of the paper for nine years. She also wrote a column, On Washington, for The New York Times Magazine.
Dowd began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter, and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine, before joining The New York Times in 1983.
Dowd's writing is known for its satire as well its witty, incisive, and often acerbic commentary on American politics.
A native of Washington, D.C., she received her B.A. in English literature from Catholic University in 1973. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 1992 for national reporting, and won the Pulitzer seven years later in 1999 for distinguished commentary.
Dowd is the author of Are Men Necessary: When Sexes Collide (Putnam, 2004) and Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk (Putnam, 2005).
Her visit to CMC is sponsored jointly by the Office of the President and the Athenaeum.