Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series presents:

Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series presents:

Contact: Community Programs: programs@roanoke.edu

Writer, Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Award winning author and columnist, Leonard Pitts has seen change in his 43-year career.  He has written about it as a columnist and author.  He has spoken about it as a college professor, radio producer and lecturer. Pitts is referred to as "the most insightful and inspiring columnist of his generation" by Travis Smiley.

Born and raised in Southern California, Leonard Pitts set out to be a writer at the tender age of five years old.  Later, Pitts was awarded a degree in English at the age of 19.  Pitts is the recipient of numerous awards including: Pulitzer Prize, three-time National Association of Black Journalists Award of Excellence, and 2008 Journalist of the Year, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Award Columnist of the Year, Distinguished Service to Journalism Award and many more.

Leonard Pitts has taught at numerous institutions of higher education such as Hampton University, Ohio University, University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University; as well as Princeton where he taught a course about race.  He is also a recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees. Leonard Pitts has lived with his wife in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. since 1995. 

Leonard Pitts' latest novel, The Last Thing You Surrender about race, faith, and World War II, will be available for purchase and autograph at the event. 

IN PERSON LECTURE: Complimentary tickets for all are required and available here: IN PERSON TICKET or at the Colket Center information desk beginning Oct. 1.

VIRTUAL LECTURE: This event will also be broadcast virtually through Zoom Webinar.  To sign up for virtual participation register here: VIRTUAL TICKET