Rolling Stone contributing editor to give Currier Lecture

Evan Wright, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine and author of Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America and the New Face of American War, will speak at BGSU Wednesday (Oct. 5).

As the 2005 Currier Visiting Lecturer, Wright will discuss “The Making of Generation Kill” at 7 p.m. in 202A Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception and book-signing will follow his talk.

Wright based “Generation Kill” on a series of magazine articles called “Killer Elites,” which he wrote for Rolling Stone while an embedded journalist with a Marine platoon in combat on the front lines during the first days of the Iraqi war. Wright won the prestigious National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting for the series.

Generation Kill is now being developed by HBO as a miniseries. Last March, the book received the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for Exceptional Works of Nonfiction.

Wright, who grew up in Cleveland and now lives in Los Angeles, has been a contributing editor to Rolling Stone since 1999. He has also written features for Time Magazine, ESPN magazine, the LA Weekly, Men’s Journal and the New York Times.

Wright was known as Rolling Stone’s “ambassador to the underbelly” for his unusually frank, in-depth reporting on youth subcultures—from inner-city gang bangers to radical environmentalists to runaway skateboarders in Hollywood.

His numerous awards include the L.A. Times Book Award, the Wallace Greene Award from the Marine Corps Heritage Society and the National Magazine Award for Excellence in Reporting.

Wright has been a guest on CNN’s "Lou Dobbs Tonight,""The O’Reilly Factor,""Hannity and Colmes,""Hardball with Chris Mathews" and "The Dennis Miller Show."

The Currier Visiting Lecture Series is made possible in part by an endowed gift from the estate of Florence and Jesse Currier, who came to the University in 1940. Jesse Currier established the University’s journalism program, and Florence Currier served as dean of women from 1949 until her retirement in 1963.

The Florence and Jesse Currier Fund at BGSU is used for journalism scholarships, faculty development, special projects and the annual lecture series, which brings distinguished journalists and media professionals to campus to speak and meet with students and faculty.

October 3, 2005