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New York Times Washington correspondent at BYU lecture

Brigham Young University is one of more than 1,000 schools nationwide to benefit from The New York Times Partners in Education (PiE) program. Those benefits will now include a guest lecturer each fall and winter semester sponsored by the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

The first guest will be Adam Clymer, chief correspondent in Washington, D.C., who will address "Privacy and Secrecy in the Shadow of War" on Thursday, March 20, at 11 a.m., in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium on the first floor. The lecture is open to the public and is free of charge.

"The New York Times is pleased to be able to bring Adam Clymer free of charge to the Kennedy Center for its lecture series," said Nanci Ashworth, education manager for the Rocky Mountain region. "The mission of our PiE program is to assist educators in using The New York Times as a resource to foster students' intellectual growth and curiosity, civic participation, and personal success."

"The Times continues to be an excellent source of timely information and useful analysis on international affairs, said Cory Leonard, assistant director of the Kennedy Center. We see this new partnership lecture series to be another way to make the world come alive on our campus."

Clymer became chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times in April 1999, writing on major issues in government and politics. He had been Washington editor since 1997. Before that, he was assistant Washington editor, in charge of coverage of Congress since 1991.

Clymer won the 1993 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.

His book "Edward M. Kennedy: A Biography" was published in 1999, and he contributed to "Reagan: The Man, The President," a book by Times reporters published in 1981.

BYU students subscribe to the Times as part of their course requirements. "The basis of the program is the 60 percent discounted rate to faculty, staff and students, delivered to the BYU campus and distributed through lockboxes and the campus bookstore," Ashworth explained. "In addition, we provide our partners with access to our Web site, speakers bureau, advisory board, and educational resources. We also organize readership programs, such as the papers available to the BYU Honors students, and faculty or student development workshops."

Of the participating schools, "Brigham Young has one of the largest numbers of individual subscribers, with more than 800 students and faculty members subscribing each semester," said Ashworth. "There are at least 20 professors who require the Times as an educational resource in their courses and that number continues to grow each semester.

"I am grateful for the continued support of our program by BYU faculty and students, especially those advocates in the Honors Program, Political Science and Communications Departments, and Kennedy Center, and look forward to building our relationship with other areas on the campus," said Ashworth.

The event will be web cast at http://kennedy.byu.edu/INTForum/.

Writer: Liesel Enke

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