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Veteran newsman and author Louis “Studs” Terkel will receive Colby’s Lovejoy journalism award on October 10 but will be present only on video. Terkel, recuperating after a fall, expressed his profound disappointment over being unable to attend but will heed medical advice that he not travel in October.
Accepting on his behalf will be award-winning author Alex Kotlowitz, a Chicago journalist and an heir to the Studs Terkel tradition. Kotlowitz, who has written books about social justice and race in America and, most recently, about Chicago in Never a City So Real, will address the Lovejoy Convocation in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel at 8 p.m. on Sunday, October 10. The program is open to the public free of charge.
Terkel’s work has influenced a generation of writers, including Kotlowitz, who said, “Studs taught us how to listen and showed us that there’s poetry in the stories of everyday people. His work and his friendship have inspired. He’s an American treasure.”
Kotlowitz contributes to The New York Times Magazine and the Chicago-based public radio program This American Life. His first book, There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America (1991), was named one of the 150 most important books of the century by the New York Public Library and was adapted for television as an ABC movie-of-the-week starring Oprah Winfrey in 1993.
His subsequent book, The Other Side of the River: A Story of Two Towns, a Death and America’s Dilemma (1998), compared neighboring towns, one white and one black. The New York Times wrote, “Of all the many books written about race in America in the past couple of years, none has been quite like The Other Side of the River,” and called the book “important, essential even, for the rest of us to contemplate.”