Author David Finkel to Speak at LSU Honors College Convocation on Sept. 3

09/02/2014 04:16 PM

BATON ROUGE – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author David Finkel will give the address at the 2014 LSU Honors College Convocation on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. in the LSU Student Union Royal Cotillion Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

Finkel is a longtime staff writer for The Washington Post, where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his reporting of U.S.-funded democracy efforts in Yemen. He is the author of “The Good Soldiers,” a non-fiction account of the several months he spent embedded with a U.S. Army infantry battalion in Baghdad during the Second Gulf War.

Finkel is also the author of “Thank You for Your Service,” which follows the same battalion as they return from their long deployment in Iraq and struggle to readjust to civilian and family life. Finkel will speak on veterans’ issues and his experience as a witness to these challenges.

Please visit the Honors College website for more information on Finkel, including an interview with the author,

“Thank You for Your Service” is the 2014 Honors College Shared Read text, and is for sale in the LSU Bookstore. The Honors College Shared Read Program assigns a selected text as required reading for all incoming Honors College freshmen, with the goal of introducing new students to the academic and intellectual culture of LSU Honors through a shared reading experience.

Media wishing to attend Convocation or interview Finkel during his time in Baton Rouge are encouraged to make arrangements with the LSU Honors College or with University Relations. Please contact Liz Billet at 225-578-0083 or or Ernie Ballard at 225-578-5685 or

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014