Distributed April 5, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Tracie Sweeney

John Hazen White Sr. Lecture Series

Reporter Adam Clymer will speak about Kennedy biography April 10

New York Times Washington correspondent Adam Clymer will discuss his recently released biography of Sen. Edward Kennedy at noon Monday, April 10, 2000, in the Salomon Center for Teaching. His talk will be followed by a book-signing.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — New York Times Washington correspondent Adam Clymer will speak about his new book, Edward Kennedy: A Biography, at noon Monday, April 10, in Room 101 of the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. The lecture is open to the public without charge and will be followed by a book-signing in the Salomon Center lobby.

Clymer’s visit is part of the John Hazen White Sr. Lecture Series.

The author’s biography of the Massachusetts senator has received critical acclaim. Time said that “Clymer reconstructs with impressive and sometimes exhausting detail all the major legislative struggles Ted Kennedy has had in his nearly four decades in the Senate.” The Boston Globe called the book “a densely textured tapestry, not just of Kennedy’s career, but of the most important public-policy debates of the second half of the American 20th century,” and Publishers Weekly wrote that “Clymer’s deft explanations of complex congressional maneuverings are models of good political reportage, and his judgments of Kennedy’s character are even-handed. This is an old-fashioned, balanced, well-organized biography that does justice to both the virtues and flaws, public and private, of Senator Kennedy.”

Clymer has worked at the Times since 1977, reporting extensively on politics, elections, and public opinion. Among other things, he was the paper’s national political correspondent for the 1980 presidential campaign, polling editor from 1983 to 1990, and political editor for the 1988 presidential campaign. Before joining the Times, Clymer worked at The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, the Baltimore Sun and the New York Daily News.