Nationally Syndicated Columnist Molly Ivins to Speak at TTU

The timing couldn't be better - best-selling author and syndicated political columnist Molly Ivins will speak during Tennessee Technological University's Women's History Month activities just as the consequences of the impeachment hearings begin to take shape.

For Ivins, politics is the ultimate entertainment. For her fans, her political commentary and biting humor is irresistible. Ivins will give a one-hour presentation on her latest best-selling book, Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?, a collection of essays on politics and journalism, on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Derryberry Hall Auditorium. A reception and book signing in the Roaden University Center's Executive Lounge will follow the presentation.

"Politics, particularly in Texas, is better than the zoo, better than the circus, rougher than football, and even more aesthetically satisfying than baseball," said Ivins.

Ivins, a former New York Times Rocky Mountain bureau chief, is a columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and her column appears in 113 other newspapers. Ivins' freelance work has appeared in Esquire, Atlantic, The Nation, Harper's, Mother Jones, TV Guide and numerous other publications. She is a frequent guest on network radio and television shows.

Kriste Lindenmeyer, a Tennessee Tech history professor who suggested inviting Ivins to campus, admires Ivins' effectiveness with words and humor.

"Molly speaks her mind in the best of southern tradition," said Lindenmeyer. "She tells it like she sees it and has critics on both sides of the political fence. Plus, she's a very funny writer and speaker who finds the wisest and funniest things to say about some of most disturbing issues facing Americans today."

Ivins earned her bachelor's degree from Smith College, a master's in journalism from Columbia University and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Science in Paris.

Active in the Amnesty International's Journalism Network and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Ivins writes about press issues for the American Civil Liberties Union and several journalism reviews. She has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist three times and has won numerous journalism awards.

Lindenmeyer added that Ivins is a woman who has gained the respect of her professional, mostly male, peers with her keen observations and humor.

"Molly once said, 'Can't say that I've ever come to any particular cosmic conclusions about gender, but when you start out in a culture that defines your role as standing on the sidelines with pom-poms to cheer while the guys get to play the game, it will raise a few questions in your mind,'" said Lindenmeyer.

Ivins' presentation, reception and book signing, sponsored by Tennessee Tech's Women's Center, are free events open to the public. For more information, call the center at 372-3850.