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An evening with Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ’06 HON, Chairman, The New York Times Company

Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speaker Series

Truth, Trust and the Future of Journalism

An evening with Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ’06 HON, Chairman, The New York Times Company

In conversation with James H. Ottaway Jr. ’18 HON, Retired Director and Senior Vice President of Dow Jones, former Chairman of Ottaway Newspapers


In an era of rapidly breaking news, how does The New York Times Company protect its integrity and prevent misleading and deliberately false information from spreading? Is the loss of quality journalism a threat to our democracy?  In this special Distinguished Speaker Series event, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ’06 HON will address some of the most significant challenges reporters and news outlets face today. Following his talk, Sulzberger will respond to questions from James H. Ottaway Jr. ’18 HON on topics including his best and most difficult days as chairman and former publisher of The New York Times Company. Please join us for what is sure to be a fascinating and educational evening with two leaders in the journalism industry.

Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. '06 HON

James H. Ottaway Jr. '18 HON

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
7:30 p.m.

SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center 100
(snow date: Wednesday, March 11)

Dessert reception follow lecture

Tickets: $10

Parker Theatre Box Office open
11:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday,
Feb. 17 – March 10

SUNY New Paltz, Southside Loop


Please call 845-257-3880 for further information regarding tickets. If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, please call 845-257-3972 at least two weeks prior to the program.


Thank you! Your generous support sustains the Distinguished Speaker Series and plays a key role in our student's educational experience by allowing them to attend the Series and other campus events for free.

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Now in its twelfth successful year, our Distinguished Speaker Series features high-profile individuals from literature, public affairs, and popular culture, with each presentation attracting the campus community and the wider public, generating media coverage, and providing memorable experiences for our students. SUNY New Paltz received a generous gift from a private donor to initially underwrite a portion of this signature campus program.

The goal of the Distinguished Speaker Series is to connect alumni, community members, friends, faculty, staff, students and their families with well-known authors, policy makers and leaders, scientists, media experts, business people, and other luminaries, on our campus.