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October 9, 2008


NEW YORK, October 9, 2008 – Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “Angela’s Ashes,” will deliver the Fall 2008 Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at The City College of New York [CCNY], 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall. His address, “If You Want to Know Yourself, Go Teach,” is free and open to the public.

Mr. McCourt, a former New York City school teacher who was born in Brooklyn but raised in Limerick, Ireland, is best known for his 1996 autobiography “Angela’s Ashes.” A memoir of growing up poor in Ireland in the 1930s and 1940s, it has sold over four million copies and won the National Book Critics Circle Award for 1996, the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for 1997, the “Los Angeles Times” Book Award and the ABBY Award.

He has written two subsequent best-selling autobiographies. “Tis” [1999], covers his return to the United States in 1949 at age 19, his military service and college years at New York University. “Teacher Man,” published in 2005, chronicles his 30-year teaching career in the New York City school system.

In 2006, Mr. McCourt won the prestigious Ellis Island Family Heritage Award for Exemplary Service in the Field of the Arts and the United Federation of Teachers’ John Dewey Award for Excellence in Education. 

About The Rudin Lecture Program

The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, named for Samuel Rudin, the civic and philanthropic leader who graduated from CCNY in 1918, was initiated in 1996. Supported by a grant from The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., it provides an opportunity for members of the City College community to interact with outstanding scholars, civic and business leaders, thereby enriching the educational experience on campus. The program is also intended to foster communication in the academic community of New York City.

Previous Rudin Scholars have included: Nobel Prize winner and cancer researcher Dr. Harold E. Varmus; former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite; former Congresswoman Patricia S. Schroeder; Abraham H. Foxman, ’62, National Director of the Anti-Defamation League; author Walter Mosley, M.A. ’91; former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw; authors Arthur and Barbara Gelb, and filmmaker Ric Burns.

About The City College of New York

For more than 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 15,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; The School of Architecture, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture (SAUDLA); The School of Education; The Grove School of Engineering, and The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. For additional information, visit www.ccny.cuny.edu.