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Hallowell Literary Lecture

The Haverford School Hallowell Lecture Mark Bowden

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Journalist and author Mark Bowden delivered the 20th annual Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecture on April 24, 2018.

Mark Bowden is a journalist and author of 13 books, including Black Hawk Down and, most recently, Hue 1968. He is a national correspondent for The Atlantic, and a contributing editor to Vanity Fair. He recently retired from his position as Distinguished Writer in Residence at The University of Delaware. He was a longtime reporter and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Black Hawk Down was a finalist for The National Book Award, and was made into the Academy Award-winning film by the same name. Bowden worked as a screenwriter and consultant for that film. Hue 1968 was a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal and has been listed as one of the most notable books of 2017 by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, and other newspapers. It is being made into a TV miniseries for FX by the producer and director Michael Mann. His books Killing Pablo and Black Hawk Down received Overseas Press Club Awards, and his book Guests of the Ayatollah, about the Iran hostage crisis, was named by Newsweek magazine as "One of the 50 Books For Our Times."

In addition to The Atlantic and Vanity Fair, Bowden's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, and many other magazines. The writer Malcolm Gladwell named Bowden and Bob Woodward as the two best investigative reporters of modern times.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1951, Bowden grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, New York, and Baltimore. After graduating from Loyola University in Baltimore, Bowden was hired by The Baltimore News-American, and joined the staff of The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1979, where, among other things, he covered science, football, transportation, politics, crime, and did extensive international reporting. He has taught creative writing and journalism at Loyola and The University of Delaware. He and his wife, Gail, have five grown children and two granddaughters. They live in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, where Bowden serves on the board of the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Watch Bowden's full lecture on Vimeo >

About the Lecture Series

The Haverford School’s Edward R. Hallowell Literary Lecture Series annually brings to campus a distinguished, nationally known author to present a lecture, to spend a day with the students, and participate in informal readings and discussions to inspire an interest in literature. This fund was originally endowed by a gift from a Haverford Trustee, the late Thomas B. McCabe III, and his wife, Anne, parents of Thomas ’00. Additional gifts to the fund continue to be made by many other friends of Mr. Hallowell and the School.

Upcoming Lectures

Hallowell Speakers

2016-17: Jennifer Finney Boylan

2015-16: Natasha Trethewey

2014-15: David Finkel

2013-14: Elizabeth Samet

2012-13: Tobias Wolff

2011-12: Paul Zarzyski

2010-11: Mary Gordon

2009-10: Robert Morgan

2008-09: Richard Wilbur

2007-08: Robert Pinsky

2006-07: Tony Hoagland

2005-06: John Balaban

2004-05: Edward Hirsch

2003-04: Jay Parini

2002-03: Tim O’Brien

2001-02: Fern Schumer Chapman

2000-01: Derek Walcott

1999-00: Norman Mailer

1998-99: Donald Hall