Red Smith Lecture

About the Lecture

During a career in journalism that spanned over a half-century, Red Smith became a prose stylist worth enduring attention. A 1927 Notre Dame graduate and a Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished commentary, Smith died in 1982 and at the time was a sports columnist for The New York Times.

In 1983, Notre Dame inaugurated the Red Smith Lecture in Journalism to honor Smith and his literary achievement. The Smith Lectureship features visits to campus by prominent journalists and authors who discuss the craft of writing and the state of American journalism.

The Red Smith Lectureship is sponsored by John P. and Susan McMeel of Kansas City, Missouri, and Universal Uclick, formerly known as Universal Press Syndicate. John McMeel, a 1957 graduate of Notre Dame, is chairman of Andrews McMeel Universal, parent company of Universal Press Syndicate.

Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism, and Writing is a collection of the Red Smith Lectures from 1983 through 2008 and some of Red Smith's classic columns and articles.

Past Lectures

  • Hedrick Smith "Stealing the Dream: Did We Miss the Big Story?" (2014)      
  • Kathleen Parker, "Journalism in the Age of Twitteracy" (2012)
  • Frank Deford, "Sportswriter Is One Word" (2010) (PDF of Lecture)
  • Tim Russert: Final Words on Journalism" (watch video below)
  • Tim Russert, “When Politicians Meet the Press” (2008) (PDF of lecture)
  • Judy Woodruff, “Are Journalists Obsolete?” (2007)
  • Ken Auletta, “Whom Do Journalists Work For?” (2005)
  • Frank McCourt, “From Copybook to Computer: What You Write On and How You Do It” (2003)
  • Jim Lehrer, “Returning to Our Roots” (2002)
  • Ted Koppel, “Journalism: It’s as Easy as ABC” (1999)
  • David Remnick, “How Muhammad Ali Changed the Press” (1998)
  • Georgie Anne Geyer, “Who Killed the Foreign Correspondent?” (1995)
  • Eugene L. Roberts Jr., “Writing for the Reader” (1994)
  • Dave Kindred, “90 Feet Is Perfection” (1991)
  • Robert Maynard, “Red Smith’s America and Mine” (1989)
  • Art Buchwald, “While the Gipper Slept” (1988)
  • Charles Kuralt, “The View from the Road” (1986)
  • James J. Kilpatrick, “The Art of the Craft” (1985)
  • Murray Kempton, “Finding an Authentic Voice” (1984)
  • James Reston, “Sports and Politics” (1983)