MEMBER COFFEE AND CONVERSATION
September 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
A Special Opportunity for Write On Members
COFFEE AND CONVERSATION WITH CAROLYN CURIEL
Write On members are invited to join us for a special morning coffee and conversation with writer-in-residence Carolyn Curiel, former Senior Presidential Speechwriter for President Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to Belize.
Carolyn Curiel is a recognized journalist and educator who served as a United States Ambassador to Belize and in the White House as Senior Presidential Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the President. At the White House (1993 to 1997), she drafted President Clinton’s speeches on a wide range of issues, including his noted speeches on race. They included remarks in Memphis to Black religious leaders (November 1993), a speech originally to have been about the North American Free Trade Agreement until she successfully argued to shift its focus. In more than a decade at The New York Times, she was an editor of national and global news that included presidential campaigns, the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, and the crackdown at Tiananmen Square in Beijing (1987 to 1992). She also was an Emmy-nominated Producer-Writer at ABC News Nightline with Ted Koppel, and an editor at The Washington Post. At Purdue University (2008 to 2018), Curiel served as the university administration chief of staff, then turned to teaching as a professor of civic communication. She engaged her students directly with top journalists, public officials and others who steer public dialogue. She founded and led the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication (PICC), which included a program of intensive study in Washington, DC, and launched students into careers in media, public service and other areas of civic life. Crain’s NewsPro magazine recognized her in 2017 as one of the nation’s 10 top journalism instructors in higher education. Ambassador Curiel is a Trustee of the American Writers Museum. She is writing a book on opportunity lost and found in America.