Red Smith Lecture

2022 Red Smith Lecture: An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones

Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and creator of The 1619 Project


Nikole Hannah Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones '98 returned to Notre Dame on March 15 to give the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy's 2022 Red Smith Lecture. The event also served as the Initiative on Race and Resilience's inaugural Sojourner Truth Lecture and as a part of the University's Sr. Kathleen Cannon, O.P, Distinguished Lecture series

Hannah-Jones has spent her career investigating racial inequality and injustice, and her reporting has earned her the MacArthur Fellowship, known as the Genius grant, the Pulitzer Prize, a Peabody Award, two George Polk Awards, and three National Magazine Awards. 

Notre Dame Magazine covered the event. Read the story here.

About the Lecture Series

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.

Past Lectures

Red Smith Portrait
Red Smith

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. Support for the Smith Lectureship is provided by The Marguerite and Lou Keifer Endowment for Excellence in Journalism.

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

Kathleen Parker, Red Smith Lecture 2012
Kathleen Parker, the 2012 Red Smith Lecturer.
  • David A. Fahrenthold (2018) (Excerpts from the lecture)      
  • Hedrick Smith (2014)      
  • Kathleen Parker (2012)
  • Frank Deford (2010) (PDF of the lecture)
  • Tim Russert (2008) (PDF of the lecture)
  • Judy Woodruff (2007)
  • Ken Auletta (2005)
  • Frank McCourt (2003)
  • Jim Lehrer (2002)
  • Ted Koppel (1999)
  • David Remnick (1998)
  • Georgie Anne Geyer (1995)
  • Eugene L. Roberts Jr. (1994)
  • Dave Kindred (1991)
  • Robert Maynard (1989)
  • Art Buchwald (1988)
  • Charles Kuralt (1986)
  • James J. Kilpatrick (1985)
  • Murray Kempton (1984)
  • James Reston (1983)