Award-winning writers highlight Foster-Foreman Conference

A Pulitzer Prize winner and a Penn State alumnus highlight the 30th Foster-Foreman Conference of Distinguished Writers scheduled April 1-2 on the University Park campus and presented by the College of Communications.

The free public conference includes sessions on consecutive days with the writers reading from their work and then participating in question-and-answer sessions. Two free public lectures comprise the conference with the visiting writers reading from their work and then participating in question-and-answer sessions. No registration is required for either lecture.

Daniel Gilbert of The Wall Street Journal opens the conference at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Alumni Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center. Alumnus Samanth Subramanian of The National concludes the two-day event at 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, in the HUB-Robeson Center Auditorium.

Gilbert is a staff writer in Houston for The Wall Street Journal, covering the energy beat. While at the Bristol Herald Courier in Bristol, Va., he produced an investigative series that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. Gilbert, fluent in English, Spanish and French, had earlier been a freelance writer for El Tiempo Latino, a Spanish-language weekly, and a reporter for the Potomac News in Woodbridge, Va. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Subramanian, who earned his bachelor’s degree journalism from Penn State in 2001, is the India correspondent for The National, an English-language daily circulated in the Middle East. Reporting from New Delhi, Subramanian specializes in long-form, narrative articles about politics, culture and history. In the United States, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic and The Huffington Post. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Penn State, he earned a master’s from Columbia University.

The Foster-Foreman Conference is designed to bring together students and some of the best reporters and writers in journalism. Since its inception in 1999, the Conference has attracted 39 Pulitzer Prize winners to campus to share their experience and skills. Ten Penn State graduates have been speakers in the series.

Last Updated January 09, 2015