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'The Economist'

Aram Bakshian (Washington, D.C.)

Fri, September 20, 2013 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

            Founded in 1843, The Economist now has 1.5 million subscribers, half of them in the United States. Such is its density that few readers probably manage to read it from cover to cover.  Yet Aram Bakshian decided to read the magazine page by page in its entirety each week for a year. For the sake ofintellectual curiosity, he aimed to assess its history, its quality, and its influence. One noticeable feature is the quirky obituary page: the magazineonce ran an obituary on God.  What is to be made of its success in expanding its circulation and the quality of its coverage?
            Aram Bakshian describes himself as a ‘lifelong wordsmith’ who plies his trade for the Republican National Committee.  He served on the speechwriting staff of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and later under President Reagan as Director of the White House Office of Speechwriting. He has taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and is Editor-in-Chief of the periodic journal The American Speaker.


Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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