Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Vitez will speak in the Lenfest Theater, Kaleidoscope Performing Arts center, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
His topic, “Storytelling is our Salvation! My life as a journalist and how I came to love medical narratives,” is sponsored by the Ursinus College Center for Science and the Common Good.
A winner of the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for his series of medical narratives, Life Choices, Vitez has been a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1985. He has said that in a world overrun with facts, websites, cable channels, press releases and noise, he believes the best way to reach people is through stories. He is the author of The Road Back: A Story of Grace and Grit, the story of a cyclist’s climb back after an accident. Vitez won his Pulitzer in Explanatory Journalism for a series of stories called Final Choices, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, which followed five people as they approached the ends of their lives. More information can be found on his web site.
The Center for Science and the Common Good at Ursinus College provides opportunities for all Ursinus students to consider the impact of science on the common good and to learn to better communicate scientific research to the public. It is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.