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Supreme Court Journalist & Author

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program


"Court, Country and Culture"

March 8, 2006
8:00 p.m. Lecture
Page Hall
135 Western Avenue
UAlbany, Downtown Campus

Discussion & Signing
March 10, 2006 (Friday)
10:30-11:30 a.m., Alumni House

UAlbany, Uptown Campus
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

Becoming Justice Blackmun

Linda Greenhouse, Pulitzer Prize-winning "New York Times" correspondent, has covered the proceedings of the U.S. Supreme Court for nearly three decades.

"the nation's preeminent authority on the thinking and actions of the U.S. Supreme Court." - Alex Jones, Director of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy

Greenhouse is the author of the new biography, "Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey" (2005), the story of a judge renowned for his probity, humanity, and keen sense of civic responsibility. The first print reporter granted access to a vast archive of Blackmun's personal and official papers, Greenhouse paints an absorbing portrait of the Nixon appointee who authored the majority decision in Roe v. Wade, and whose views on the death penalty, gender discrimination, and other issues have left a lasting imprint on American law and society.

"provides a graceful account, filled with well-chosen quotations, apt observations and elegant legal summaries. Fans of Greenhouse's newspaper reporting´┐Ż will not be disappointed." - Akhil Reed Amar, "Washington Post Book World"

"Greenhouse, in a jewel fully worthy of her reputation as the best journalist ever to have covered the work of the Supreme Court, proves to be as able a biographer as she is a reporter. 'Becoming Justice Blackmun' is a brilliant and penetrating study of how unsought challenge and controversy can, in the most modest of men, bring out a measure of true greatness." - Laurence Tribe, Harvard legal scholar

Greenhouse joined the "New York Times" in 1968 as assistant to executive editor James Reston. She covered local news from 1969-73, and took on the New York City political beat in 1974. She served as chief of the legislative bureau in Albany, 1976-77, and became U. S. Supreme Court correspondent in 1978.

Greenhouse has appeared as a "Washington Week" panelist on PBS since 1980. She was recently awarded the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard's Kennedy School, and the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Cosponsored by

Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Chapter of New York
Office of the President
College of Arts & Sciences
Departments of English, History and Political Science
Journalism Program
Rockefeller College
New York State Writers Institute