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St. Norbert College President Thomas Kunkel to Speak at Columbia University

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From St. Norbert College, September 23, 2015
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Thomas Kunkel, president of St. Norbert College, will discuss his new book "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker" on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m. at Columbia University in New York.

Kunkel will have a conversation about his book with legendary journalist Gay Talese. Talese is a bestselling author who has written 11 books. He was a reporter for The New York Times from 1956 to 1965, and in addition to his books he went on to write groundbreaking stories for Esquire, Harper's Magazine, and many other national publications.

The program, entitled "Joseph Mitchell and the City," is being sponsored by Columbia's Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History and the university's Graduate School of Journalism. It will highlight in particular New York City's profound influence on Mitchell's writing, and vice versa. Moderating the conversation will be Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Coll, dean of the journalism school.

Kunkel, the seventh president of St. Norbert College, has written or edited six books. "Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker," released by Random House in late April, has received national, and even international, attention. Kunkel has been interviewed by the BBC and his book was favorably reviewed twice by the The New York Times. It has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, Columbia Journalism Review, the Washington Post and The New Yorker itself, to name just a few publications.

That's in large part because Mitchell -- who died in 1996 -- remains one of the most important and celebrated figures in American journalism and letters. Mitchell wrote warmly and beautifully about the uncommon characters he encountered in New York City from the 1930s through the early '60s. His work inspired the "New Journalism" movement, and he remains an influence on nonfiction writers to this day.

It took Kunkel some 12 years to complete the Mitchell book.

For more information on the book, go to the publisher's description page at

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