The Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series, three years in the making, brought its first speaker to Whidbey Island stages on May 6 – 7.
More than 600 people attended talks by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Hedrick Smith in Langley and Coupeville. Smith inaugurated the annual series, which honors the memory of a longtime and beloved Whidbey Island teacher.
Smith spoke about his most recent book “Who Stole the American Dream?,” an analysis of the growing gap in income and wealth in the United States. Sno-Isle Libraries will produce a video of his May 6 presentation, including an introduction by Jan Whitsitt, Trudy Sundberg's daughter.
As a New York Times reporter, Smith was a member of the news team that broke the Pentagon Papers story in 1971, which won him a Pulitzer Prize. In 1974, he won another Pulitzer for his reporting on the Soviet Union and its allies. Smith also won an Emmy Award for his documentaries on the PBS series “Frontline.”
Sundberg, who died in 2013, touched many lives with her passion for education, the arts and civic engagement. She was known as an activist and innovator,
The lecture series is part of an annual programming initiative for adults on Whidbey Island, promoting reading and lifelong learning and covering issues of local, national or global interest. The fund may also be used to enhance library resources and access to information for residents of the Sno-Isle Libraries district.
Tax-deductible contributions to the Trudy J. Sundberg Memorial Fund may be sent to the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation, 7312 35th Ave. NE, Marysville, WA 98271. Contributions may also be made online at www.sno-isle.org. Select "Giving" under the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation tab to support the endowment.
For more information, contact:
Jim Hills, Public Information Manager, 360-651-7050, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marshall Goldberg, Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series chair, 360-675-5888, email@example.com