Author Stephen Dubner to speak at Fairfield University


Image: Stephen DubnerStephen Dubner, author of the national best-seller Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to his Jewish Family, will speak at Fairfield University on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dolan School of Business.

Based on a cover story he wrote for The New York Times Magazine, the book has received national media coverage - from ABC News/Nightline to USA Today - and has been named a Notable Book by the New York Times. The original article described the conversion of Dubner's family from Judaism to Catholicism, his subsequent exploration of their religious roots, and his own embrace of Judaism.

Prior to joining the staff of the Times in 1994, where he remained until 1999, Mr. Dubner was a writer and editor at New York magazine, covering crime, politics, the arts and New York City's urban oddities. He has frequently appeared on television and radio news programs across the country.

Mr. Dubner received an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. During his undergraduate years at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, he started a rock band, which was signed to Arista Records. In 1988, he stopped playing music to begin a writing career. Raised in upstate New York, the last of eight children, he now lives in New York City with his wife and is currently at work on his second book.

Sponsored by Fairfield University's Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, the lecture is free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, reservations are suggested. For information or to reserve a seat, call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on December 20, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 124