Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies

James Dao

2018–19 Kim T. Adamson Lecture

Opinion Journalism in the Age of Fake News

James Dao, New York Times Op-ed Editor

March 19, 2019

Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, Vieve Gore Concert Hall

The event is free and open to the public—no tickets are required. Call 801.832.2467 for more information.

James Dao has been the Op-Ed editor of The New York Times since February 2016. The department today includes nearly two dozen editors operating out of Hong Kong, London, Istanbul, San Francisco, and New York, producing daily Op-Eds, the Sunday Review, the international Op-Ed section, and online opinion features such as The Stone and Fixes. In 2017, the Sunday Review ran a 20-part series about Syrian refugees, "Welcome to the New World," that won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning, the first time The Times has won in that category.

During his 27 years with The Times, Mr. Dao has been the Albany bureau chief, a national and Washington correspondent, the military and veterans affairs reporter, and deputy national editor. While he was deputy metropolitan editor in 2008, the section published a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that led to the resignation of Gov. Eliot Spitzer. He has reported from a dozen countries and across the United States, covering the impeachment of President Clinton, the 2000 presidential campaign, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina. In 2010 and 2011, he was the reporter on an eight-part multi-media series about the yearlong deployment of an Army battalion to Afghanistan, titled "A Year at War," which received an Emmy and an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award.

Prior to working at The Times, he worked as a reporter for The Record of Hackensack, NJ, and the Daily News in New York, and was a writer and researcher for the New York Chinatown History Project. He is a graduate of Yale College.


6–7:00 p.m. Public reception with light hors d’oeuvres

7–8:30 p.m. Statewide essay contest winners and James Dao Lecture


Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, Kim T. Adamson Endowed Professor for the Honors College

Description of the Statewide Contest and Introduction of the Selection Committee

Richard Badenhausen, Founding Dean of the Honors College and Interim Provost of Westminster College

Announcement of the Statewide Essay Contest Winners

Taylor Stevens, Government Reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune

Introduction of James Dao

Alicia Cunningham-Bryant

About the Series

The Kim T. Adamson Lecture in International Studies is an annual endowed lecture established at Westminster College in 2001 to bring major figures in international studies, military history, and related fields to campus to deliver relevant public lectures and conduct seminars.

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, complicated issues face us every day. The lectures attempt to help people consider and navigate some of these challenging questions. The lecturers are drawn from a pool of scholars, writers, and thinkers without regard to ethnic, religious, or ideological considerations.

The annual lecture is open to the public without charge. The Lecture Series is funded through the proceeds of the Kim T. Adamson Endowment, a gift from Kim T. Adamson, alumna and longtime friend and supporter of Westminster College.