POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — New York Times columnist and prominent author Gail Collins will deliver Vassar's annual Alex Krieger Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m., in the second floor auditorium of Students' Building. Her talk, entitled “American Women,” will be followed by a question and answer period, and the event is free and open to the public.
Alex Krieger died in a car accident during his freshman year at Vassar, and in his honor his parents established a Vassar lecture series devoted to their son's love for sharp social commentary through literature. Previous Krieger lecturers have included Tony Kushner, Oliver Sacks, Jules Feiffer, Nora Ephron, Sarah Vowell, Michael Chabon, Christopher Buckley, and David Sedaris.
Gail Collins became a member of the Times' editorial board in 1995, and soon after began writing a regular op-ed column. In 2001, she became the first woman ever appointed editor of the Times editorial page. After stepping down to write a sequel to her book, America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines, she returned to the Times as a columnist in July 2007.
Earlier, Collins was a columnist at New York Newsday and the New York Daily News, and a reporter for United Press International. Previously, she founded the Connecticut State News Bureau, which provided coverage of state politics. When she sold it in 1977, the CSNB served more than 30 weekly and daily newspaper chains, making it the largest news service of its kind in the country.
Collins has also written Scorpion Tongues: Gossip, Celebrity and American Politics, and The Millennium Book, which she co-authored with her husband, Dan Collins.