Constance Laibe Hays Memorial Lecture

Long-time New York Times reporter and the author of The Real Thing: Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company, Constance Laibe Hays considered the Nantucket Atheneum one of her favorite places in the world. In 2005, Mrs. Hays died of cancer. To support the work of both new and established writers, her family and friends established an annual lecture in her honor.

2014 Constance Laibe Hays Memorial Lecture

Lynn Povich & Steven Shepard
Wed., Aug. 6 at 8 pm
Unitarian Meeting House
Admission: $25

Husband and wife Stephen B. Shepard and Lynn Povich have been shaping journalism for 40 years.

Povich is the daughter of Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich and began her career as a secretary in the Paris Bureau of Newsweek. She became a reporter in 1970 and was one of 46 women who sued the magazine for sex discrimination. Five years later, she was appointed the first woman Senior Editor in Newsweek’s history. She is the author of The Good Girls Revolt: How The Women of Newsweek Sued Their Bosses and Changed The Workplace.

Shepard is the founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and has held key editorial positions at BusinessWeek, Newsweek and the Saturday Review. He is the author of Deadlines and Disruption: My Turbulent Path From Print to Digital.

Past speakers have included:

  • 2013: Former New York Times journalist Janny Scott and author of “A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother.” (view the lecture)
  • 2012: Author Buzz Bissinger, “Father’s Day, A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son.”
  • 2011: Author Fen Montaigne, “Frazier’s Penguins: A Journey To The Future in Antarctica.”
  • 2010: A Conversation with Authors Janet Elder, Sarah Lyall, and Mary Murphy and Moderated by Glenn Kramon.
  • 2009: New York Times journalist and author David Sanger.
  • 2008: Author Samantha Power.
  • 2007: Author Calvin Trillin.
  • 2006: CBS News journalist Katie Couric.