May 3rd, 2012

Writers from The Atlantic Monthly To Visit UC Irvine Literary Journalism Program: Caitlin Flanagan, Ben Schwarz, and Sandra Tsing Loh 

Tuesday, May 15 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (event is open to the public) in Humanities Gateway Room 1030 

From Atlantic Bios:

*Caitlin Flanagan is the author of To Hell With All That and Girl Land, a book about the emotional life of pubescent girls. She began her magazine-writing career, in 2001, with a series of extended book reviews about the conflicts at the very heart of modern life specifically, modern domestic life as it is lived by professional-class women. Flanagan has quickly established herself as a highly entertaining social critic unafraid to take on self-indulgence and political correctness, and her reviews provide penetrating and witheringly funny observations about the sexes and their discontents.

Flanagan’s Atlantic articles have been named as finalists for the National Magazine Award five times, and her essay "Confessions of a Prep School College Counselor," which ran in September 2001, was included in the 2002 compilation of Best American Magazine Writing. Her work has also been included in Best American Essays 2003 and Best American Magazine Writing 2003. She is the author of the book To Hell with All That—an exploration, based on herAtlantic articles, of the lives of modern women.

*Benjamin Schwarz is The Atlantic’s literary editor and national editor of The Atlantic. His first piece for the magazine, "The Diversity Myth,"was a cover story in 1995. Since then he’s written articles and reviews on a startling array of subjects from fashion to the American South, from current fiction to the Victorian family, and from international economics to Chinese restaurants. Schwarz oversees and writes a monthly column for “Books and Critics,” the magazine’s cultural department, which under his editorship has expanded its coverage to include popular culture and manners and mores, as well as books and ideas. He also regularly writes the “leader” for the magazine. Before joining theAtlantic's staff, Schwarz was the executive editor of World Policy Journal, where his chief mission was to bolster the coverage of cultural issues, international economics, and military affairs. For several years he was a foreign policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he researched and wrote on American global strategy, counterinsurgency, counterterrorism, and military doctrine. Schwarz was also staff member of the Brookings Institution. Born in 1963, he holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Yale, and was a Fulbright scholar at Oxford. He has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, and The Nation. He has lectured at a range of institutions, from the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School to the Center for Social Theory and Comparative History, and he is on the faculty of the English department at UCLA. He won the 1999 National Book Critics Circle award for excellence in book criticism.

From her web site

*Sandra Tsing Loh’s books include A Year in Van Nuys, Aliens in America, Depth Takes a Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles, and a novel, If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now, which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. Her story “My Father’s Chinese Wives” received a 1997 Pushcart Prize and was featured in the 1999 Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. 

She has been a regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and on Ira Glass’ “This American Life.” Currently, KPCC (89.3 FM in Los Angeles) broadcasts her daily segment The Loh Down on Science and her weekly segmentThe Loh Life.  American Public Media’s “Marketplace” broadcasts her monthy segment The Loh Down. She has been a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and was a 2006 finalist for the National Magazine Award. 


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