Author and Journalist Lynn Sherr to Speak at SJU

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  • Award-winning author, journalist and former 20/20 correspondent Lynn Sherr will visit Saint Joseph’s University on Monday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m.
  • Sherr will present “Swimming Through the Classics,” a lecture touching on her career, her classical education and her upcoming book.
  • The event will take place in the Campion Center’s Banquet Hall North, and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Award-winning author, journalist and former 20/20 correspondent Lynn Sherr will make a special visit to Saint Joseph’s University on Monday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. to present “Swimming Through the Classics,” a lecture touching on her career, her classical education and her upcoming book.

In her prominent career, Sherr has covered topics ranging from national politics, to the discovery of a 67-million-year-old dinosaur, to Susan B. Anthony to NASA Space Shuttle missions.

A Philadelphia native who attended Lower Merion High School and who has worked for ABC News for more than 30 years, Sherr’s career has led her to such faraway places as India, Peru, Kenya and very nearly outer space—in 1986 she was a semifinalist for the Journalist in Space Project— but it all began in ancient Greece. Sherr often attributes her professional success to her undergraduate study of the classics, an interdisciplinary field that prepared her for her life’s work as an author and journalist.

Since graduating from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. as a Greek major, Sherr’s accomplished career has benefitted from her knowledge of the ancients, their myths, lessons and politics. This merging of modernity and antiquity can be seen in her newest book, Swim: Why We Love the Water, coming out in April 2012, which looks at the lure of swimming and how the sport has changed over the millennia.

“Classical antiquities have lasting significance for the modern world,” says Maria Marsilio, Ph.D., director of the classics program and associate professor of Latin and classics at SJU. “Lynn Sherr's exemplary work as a journalist and author speak very powerfully to the classical themes that continue to resonate in today’s society: war and family, poverty and socioeconomic class structure, politics and religion, proper training of mind and body, women and social changes, are just a few of the most enduring issues we address every day.”

Sherr’s numerous awards include an Emmy, two American Women in Radio and Television Commendation Awards, a National Headliner Award, an Exceptional Merit Media Award, a George Foster Peabody Award, multiple Front Page Awards and a host of others.

The lecture is sponsored by SJU’s classics and ancient studies programs, in conjunction with the dean’s office of the College of Arts and Sciences. The event will take place in the Campion Center’s Banquet Hall North, located on SJU’s Philadelphia campus at 5600 City Avenue. Post-lecture refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 


Background

As Philadelphia's Jesuit Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. With a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and an AACSB-accredited Erivan K. Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s ranks as a top university in the Northeast. Offering courses on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 9,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.



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