Pulitzer Prize-winning war historian Rick Atkinson to speak at Drury Nov. 8
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2017 — Renowned World War II historian and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson will speak at Drury University on Nov. 8. Atkinson’s talk, titled “Bringing Back the Dead: History, Memory and Writing About War,” will be held at 7 p.m. at Clara Thompson Hall.
Atkinson’s career in reporting has taken him around the world. He has served as chief of the Berlin bureau for the Washington Post, covering not only Germany and NATO, but also spending considerable time in Somalia and Bosnia. His more recent assignments have included covering the 101st Airborne during the invasion of Iraq, and writing about roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007.
Atkinson is the author of several books, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942 – 1943,” the first volume in a three-part narrative history of World War II. His numerous other awards include the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
The lecture will be the first in a series of annual lectures sponsored by Drury University’s Olin Library, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The new Morrison Lecture series is named in honor of Drury’s first president, Nathan Morrison, a staunch supporter of the library.
Atkinson’s visit is also the next in a series of Drury events honoring the stories of U.S. veterans, which began this summer with the opening of the Veterans Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum (the exhibit runs through Nov. 26). It continued with a film screening and panel discussion at the Moxie theater last month. Also as a part of the series, Drury commercial photography students will be offering free family portraits to community veterans and active service members later this month and early next month to mark Veterans Day.