Timothy Egan

Renowned for his title as the “Opinionator” for his weekly column for "The New York Times," Timothy Egan will be lecturing at Gonzaga as part of the history department’s annual William L. Davis, S.J. Lecture series.

A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, Egan will give a lecture titled “Toward a Shared National Narrative” on March 25 in the Hemmingson Ballroom.  

Egan has focused his work around the importance of history and politics. 

“The Sioux Indians had a saying: 'A people without history are like wind on the buffalo grass.' With the balkanization and polarization of our politics, you might think this country has a set of shared historical values," Egan said in a statement. "I disagree, and would argue that the current unsettled time has solidified some of the core historical stories we tell about ourselves.” 

Egan has written several books on historical topics of the United States including the West and Pacific Northwest. With a seasoned career, he has won the National Book Award for his book “The Worst Hard Time” and his Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award in 1991 and 2009 for his books "The Good Rain" and "The Big Burn." His latest book, "The Immortal Irishman: Thomas Francis Meagher and the Invention of Irish America," is also a NYT bestseller. 

“In his frequent columns, he discusses, among many topics, climate change, technology, society, culture and history; and he quite often discusses how politics and our political leaders influence all of these topics,” said Robert Donnelly, a history professor at GU. 

Besides his success as an author, his writing is among the most read on the NYT website. He received the Pulitzer Prize for his contributions to the series “How Race is Lived in America.” 

“We invited Mr. Egan to GU because he often takes the pulse of our country," said Donnelly. "He provides great insight, and using his experience and research, Mr. Egan helps his readers discern how current events and important issues may affect us, our environment, or our larger American narrative.” 

Egan’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Hemmingson Ballroom. There will be a student Q&A and a dinner with Egan to give students an opportunity to ask questions and socialize with Egan before the larger event, which is open to the public. 

The student Q&A and dinner begins at 4 p.m. in Hemmingson 314. This event is free but seating is limited, so students should RSVP to goeller-bloom@gonzaga.edu by today.

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