An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winner Mary Schmich

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Event Info


$20; $5 for nonmember students


Film Row Cinema, Columbia College

1104 S. Wabash Avenue, 8th floor





Association of Women JournalistsChicago

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

When Mary Schmich came to Chicago 20 years ago to begin writing a column for the Chicago Tribune, she says she couldn't have imagined she'd still be writing her column today. Yet, on April 16, she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in commentary for the very same column.

As Mary wrote on April 18 about her beginnings as a columnist here, "Where do you start to try to understand and write about a city you barely know, one that's bigger than some countries? On a chilly afternoon in the April I arrived, I sat in a Coffee Chicago with a yellow pad and tried to answer the question. I wrote down things like: Go out. Get to know people. Introduce Chicago people to each other. Make the city visible. Make it feel like a small town. Stories!"

Join us for an evening of conversation with Mary Schmich to discuss her Pulitzer-winning body of work, her process for finding and writing Chicago's stories, and more.

NPR's Cheryl Corley will ask the questions on everyone's minds at an Inside the Actors Studio-style interview brought to you by the Association for Women Journalists–Chicago and the Columbia College Chicago Journalism Department.

Light appetizers will be provided.