Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Pulitzer Prize Winner, New Yorker, Slate Writer Jonathan Weiner to Speak at SD Mines

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 2, 2016) – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Weiner will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in the Surbeck Center ballroom on campus. The event, co-sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC), is free and open to the public and media.

One of the most distinguished popular science writers in the country, Weiner won the 1995 Pulitzer for general nonfiction for The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. He has also won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. 

His writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times Magazine, Slate, The Washington Post, The New Republic, Scientific American, Smithsonian, and he is a former editor at The Sciences.

Weiner is the author of Long for This World: The Strange Science of ImmortalityTime, Love, Memory, His Brother’s Keeper, The Next One Hundred Years, and Planet Earth. His book research has received support from NASA, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Foundation.

Today, he teaches science writing at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he serves as the Maxwell M. Geffen Professor of Medical and Scientific Journalism. He has taught at Princeton University, Arizona State University and Rockefeller University.

Weiner’s talk is part of SDHC’s participation in the national Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, an effort that celebrates 100 years of the Pulitzer Prize by generating events and conversations across the country about the impact of journalism and the humanities. 

Weiner is the 13th Pulitzer Prize winner the South Dakota Humanities Council has brought to South Dakota in 2016. As part of SDHC's commemoration, they commissioned authors, scholars, educators and journalists to write essays about Pulitzer Prize winners on SDHC’s blog.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu