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Navasky Autobiography Captures Sperber Award

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Author Victor Navasky will receive the 7th Annual Ann M. Sperber Biography Award for his autobiography, A Matter of Opinion (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005), at a ceremony on Monday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. in the 12th-Floor Lounge, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus.

The Sperber award is given annually for a biography or autobiography of a journalist or other media figure.  The award was established with a gift from Liselotte Sperber, in memory of her daughter Ann M. Sperber, who wrote the biography of Edward R. Murrow, Murrow: His Life and Times (Fordham University Press, 1998).  The book was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

Navasky’s autobiography covers his life and career at The Nation, where he was editor from 1978 until 1995, publisher and editorial director 1995 to 2005, and is currently publisher emeritus.  His book was chosen by a six-member committee of experts in the field of media and communications. Albert Auster, Ph.D., associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, called Navasky’s book “a superb autobiography, and a welcome addition to the literature of how progressive political discourse is carried on in the United States.”

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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