Pulitzer Prize-winning, NY Times Journalist James B. Stewart to Speak in Idaho Falls, April 12

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart, of the New York Times, will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 11th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. His topic will be “Truth Matters: How Fake News and False Statements Undermine America.”

Stewart’s lecture is part of a statewide series of IHC Distinguished Lectures in 2018 exploring the theme “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” a special initiative supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with generous local support from the William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation, the Post Register, Idaho Public Television, KISU Radio, Teton Toyota and Volkswagen, Bank of Idaho, INL, and the City Club of Idaho Falls.

Tickets for the dinner lecture are available HERE or by calling the IHC toll free at 888-345-5346. General tickets will be $45, and Benefactor tickets are $75, offering an invitation to a pre-event reception with Stewart in a private location at 5 p.m. and preferred seating at the dinner and lecture. IHC always recommends reserving tickets early as the event often sells out. The evening will begin with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. at the Shilo Inn. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with Stewart’s talk to follow. Seating is assigned in advance. Stewart’s books will be available from Barnes and Noble onsite and he’ll be available for signing afterwards.

Stewart is an investigative reporter with the style of a novelist, examining events in finance, law, and politics that shape American society. The San Francisco Examiner called him "the journalist every journalist would like to be," and The Daily Beast named him one of the 15 "most important writers on business and economics." 

He is the author of 11 books, including, most recently, Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff, which analyzes the trends in America to commit perjury that he suggests are symptomatic of an ethical breakdown compromising the country’s judicial system as well as business, government, academia, and medicine. In Tangled Webs, Stewart explores age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty, and the problem of falsehood and its consequences.

Stewart’s other books include Disney War, about Michael Eisner’s reign at the company, and Heart of a Soldier, which was named the “Best Book about 9/11” by TIME magazine. His bestselling Den of Thieves is an account of 1980s Wall Street insider trading scandals.

Stewart's New York Times column, “Common Sense,” appears weekly in the Business Day section, covering corporate America, and the use and abuse of power at the highest levels of business and government. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and front-page editor, Stewart received a Pulitzer Prize with his deputy editor during his time at the paper. 

A Harvard-educated lawyer, Stewart also is the Bloomberg Professor of Business Journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. In 2011 the New York Financial Writers Association honored Stewart with the Elliott V. Bell Award for lifetime contributions to the field of financial journalism. 

“Democracy and the Informed Citizen” is the theme for a national partnership initiative involving the Federation of State Humanities Councils and the Pulitzer Prize Committee to deepen public awareness and understanding of the vital connections between the humanities, journalism, and democracy, made possible in part by major Mellon Foundation grants to the state humanities councils. The Idaho Falls event is one of four Distinguished Humanities Lectures exploring this topic throughout 2018. Other lectures will take place in Twin Falls, Boise, and Coeur d’Alene.

Since 2008, the IHC has brought top historians, journalists, and other prominent writers to Idaho Falls for the annual Distinguished Lecture. Previous speakers include presidential biographer Robert Dallek (2008), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (2009), Western American historian Elliott West (2010), National Book Award winner Timothy Egan (2011), Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg (2012), best-selling author Alexandra Fuller (2013), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (2014), Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diane McWhorter (2015), Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam War historian Fredrik Logevall (2016), and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr (2017).