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New York Times Reporter, Author of Book about Flight 93 Crash Next Threshold Series Speaker

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Posted: Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
Jere Longman II, a career journalist with The New York Times, will talk about his best-selling book, Among the Heroes: Flight 93 and the Passengers and Crew Who Fought Back, as the next presentation in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, September 29 in the Fred M. Rogers Center. Admission is free but reservations are required by submitting a request to threshold@stvincent.edu.

The lecture, presented in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the Flight 93 crash and the opening of the first phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, will be introduced by Jeff Reinbold, site manager.

Mr. Longman has been a reporter for 35 years, the past 18 of which have been spent as a sportswriter for The New York Times. His book is the definitive account of the brave people aboard United Flight 93 who resisted their hijackers during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Their defiance caused the plane to be brought down in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and likely saved countless lives in Washington, D.C., believed to be the plane's intended destination.

Among the Heroes was named a notable book in 2002 by The New York Times. Reviewing the book, the writer M.G. Lord called it a "powerful reconstruction of the flight's final moments" that "made me think of John Hersey's Hiroshima."

Born in Coronado, California, Mr. Longman grew up in the Cajun country of Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in journalism in 1976. He has previously worked at The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Times-Herald and The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.

He has also written four other books: Not Without Hope, a story of survival at sea, that became a New York Times bestseller; The Hurricanes, the story of a high school football team in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, that was named one of the best books of 2008 by Slate magazine; The Girls of Summer, about the victory of the United States at the 1999 Women's World Cup of soccer; and If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?, a story of the devoted, long-suffering fans of the Philadelphia Eagles as the team marched toward the Super Bowl during the 2004 NFL season.

An award-winning journalist specializing in international sports, Mr. Longman has reported from 35 countries. He has been on the other side of the Berlin Wall before it fell, atop the Great Wall of China, 13,000 feet above sea level on a Mexican volcano and a mile underground in a South African gold mine. And he has also reported on two of the biggest national news stories of the past decade, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina.

He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife, Deborah. Their daughter attends art school. He has run the New York City Marathon three times and still runs daily, “but very slowly and not nearly as far.”

Admission is free of charge for Mr. Longman’s presentation at Saint Vincent College. However, all seats in the Fred M. Rogers Center are reserved and admission will be by ticket only. Requests for reservations may be made by email. Persons requesting tickets should send their name, address, daytime phone (include area code) and number of seats requested to the Threshold Box Office at threshold@stvincent.edu. All reservations will be confirmed by return email. Please note that tickets will be held at the box office for pickup upon arrival for the presentation; no tickets are mailed in advance. Tickets not claimed by 7:10 p.m. will be released.

Saint Vincent College established the Threshold Lecture Series in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a substantial grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events.

Previous Threshold speakers have included Carl Sagan; a Time magazine panel consisting of Hugh Sidey, Strobe Talbott and John Stacks; Amitai Etzioni; Alvin Toffler; Dixy Lee Ray; Donald Johanson; Isaac Asimov; Claire Bloom; Lawrence Stone; Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B.; Alex Haley; Robert Claiborne; Arthur B. Laffer; Richard E. Morley and William A. Taylor; May Sarton; Mark Littman; Jehan Sadat; Tom Wolfe; Michael Kammen; Martin E. Marty; Lt. General James A. Abrahamson; Seymour M. Hersh; Stephen F. Cohen; Joyce Carol Oates; Estelle R. Ramey; Jeane J. Kirkpatrick; Stanley L. Jaki, O.S.B.; Ralph Nader; Daniel Callahan; Robert Jarvik; John E. Chubb; John Noble Wilford; Ronald A. Morse; Thomas Sowell; Michael Medved; Jane Bryant Quinn; Harold S. Kushner; James Q. Wilson; Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; James Burke; Bernard S. Siegal; Peter B. Dervan; Milton Katselas; Bill Moyers; Peter Stearns; Dean Ornish; Mary Pipher; Robert Munsch; Herbert S. Benson; Michael Turner; Susan Stamberg; Mike Jensen; Archduke Rudolph of Austria; Roger Cossack; Stanley Hauerwas; Regina Carter; Heinz-Joachim Fischer; Jonathan Kozol, Gilbert Meilaender; John Haught; Richard Louv; Steven Strogatz; Robert Putnam; Jerome Oetgen, Benjamin Zander, Colleen Carroll Campbell, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Arthur T. Downey.

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Photo: Jere Longman II

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