Department of English

Plan II Liz Carpenter Lecture Series: Gail Collins, New York Times Journalist and Editor

Mon, September 9, 2013 | Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Connaly Ballroom

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Gail Collins
Gail Collins

Free and open to the public.  Gail Collins lecture Monday, 9 September 2013 from 7-8:30 pm at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Connaly Ballroom (Texas Exes).

Liz Carpenter Lecture Series: Gail Collins

The 2013 Liz Carpenter Lecture Series, hosted by the Plan II Honors Program, will be Monday, September 9th.  This year, the Carpenter Lecture will feature New York Times journalist and editor Gail Collins.  

Gail Collins was the first woman to edit the New York Times op-ed page and has written four books, including her latest, When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, published in 2012.  Collins writes a semi-weekly op-ed column for the Times, published Thursdays and Saturdays.  She also co-authors a blog, The Conversation, with David Brooks, at, featuring political commentary.

Collins joined The New York Times in 1995 as a member of the editorial board, and later as an op-ed columnist.  In 2001, she was named the paper's first female Editorial Page Editor, a position she held for six years.  She resigned from this post at the beginning of 2007 to take a six-month leave to focus on writing her book When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, returning to theTimes as a regular columnist in July 2007.

Beyond her work as a journalist, Collins has published five books, taught journalism at Southern Connecticut State University and, since 2009, teaches an opinion writing course in Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. 

The Carpenter Lectureship

The Liz Carpenter Lectureship was established in 1984 by a group of Mrs. Carpenter's friends, including Erma Bombeck and Mark Russell, who gave a performance at the Paramount Theater to raise funds for it.  The lecture series is dedicated to bringing some of the world's most interesting and engaging people to the UT campus.  In the last several years, the lectureship in the College of Liberal Arts brought President Bill Clinton, President Gerald Ford, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jehan Sadat, Maya Angelou, Bill Moyers, Jane Goodall, and writers such as Betty Friedan, Nora Ephron, Shana Alexander, and Jean Auel as well as nationally known humorists such as Fannie Flagg and Carol Channing.  Last year, the 2012 Carpenter Lecture brought Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nicholas Kristoff to Austin.

In addition to the public lecture, the invited speaker meets with Plan II students in a class and at a brown bag lunch.

How to get to Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.


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