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September 30, 2013

MISSOULA – Mark Leibovich, acclaimed journalist and author of The New York Times and The Washington Post bestselling book “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America’s Gilded Capital,” will deliver a lecture and seminar at the University of Montana on Wednesday, Oct. 9, as part of the UM President’s Lecture Series.

Leibovich’s lecture, “How Self-Service has Replaced Public Service in the Gilded Capital,” will be held at 8 p.m. in the George and Jane Dennison Theatre. His seminar, “The Role of the Media in the National Carnival,” will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.

Leibovich began working at The New York Times in 2006 and was named chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine in 2012. He previously has written for The Washington Post, the San Jose Mercury News and the Boston Phoenix. In 2011, he won the National Magazine Award in the profile-writing category for his NYT Magazine article about Politico’s Mike Allen.

In 2002, he published “The New Imperialists: How Five Restless Kids Grew Up to Virtually Rule Your World” about the digital-age empires of Bill Gates, Steve Case, Larry Ellison, John Chambers and Jeff Bezos. In “This Town,” Leibovich explores the culture of vanity, greed and corruption in Washington, D.C.  He summed up the meaning of the book by saying, “Washington may not serve the country well, but it works splendidly for Washington itself.”

This lecture is the annual Stan Kimmitt Lecture on Public Service. The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.



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Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and President’s Lecture Series organizer, 406-243-2981,