New York Times’ Chip Brown to give next UND Hagerty Lecture, THURSDAY, April 11


Marti Elshaug

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Chip Brown who wrote an extensive article on the North Dakota Oil Boom for the New York Times Magazine, will deliver the University of North Dakota Hagerty Lecture at 7 p.m., THURSDAY, April 11, in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room, downtown Grand Forks.

Chip Brown has written stories on just about everything, from mountain climbing on the legendary "K2" to a Russian billionaire who bought the New Jersey Nets.

This year, his deep and nuanced account of developments in the western North Dakota Oil Patch, "North Dakota Goes Boom," was the cover story in the Sunday Magazine of the New York Times.

Richard Aregood, associate professor of communication, said "It may be the best thing ever written (about North Dakota) by a visitor not named Meriwether Lewis."

The Hagerty Lecture is sponsored by the UND Communication Program, the Grand Forks Herald, and the Jack Hagerty Journalism Lecture Endowment.

About Chip Brown:

Brown was born in New York City and grew up in Old Greenwich, Conn. He graduated in 1976 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., where he studied biochemistry and literature.

In 1977, he was employed as a writer in Washington D.C., for the Living Wilderness magazine, he then moved to Alaska where he worked as the managing editor of the Homer Alaska News from 1978 to 1979.

From 1979 to 1985, he was a staff writer with the Washington Post, assigned variously to the Metro section, the Investigative desk and the Style section. In 1985 he moved to New York, and began a magazine freelance career.

He has written for more than 30 national magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper's, Outside, Vanity Fair, Men's Journal, Vogue, GQ, Conde Nast Traveler and National Geographic Adventure.

He is a former contributing editor of Esquire, a correspondent for Outside, and currently a contributing editor of Men's Journal. He has won many journalism awards including the Pannell Kerr Forester Award in 1984 for financial writing, the 1992 Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, and the 1989 National Magazine Award for feature writing. He was also nominated as a National Magazine Award finalist in feature writing in 1990 and 1994.

His articles have been anthologized in "Out of the Noosphere," "The Best of Outside," and "Wild Stories: The Best of Men's Journal." He contributed a long article "" to The Project for the State of the American Newspaper series, which has been collected in "Breach of Faith, volume 2."

He is the author of two nonfiction books, "Afterwards, You're a Genius: Faith, Medicine and the Metaphysics of Healing" (1998) and "Good Morning Midnight: Life and Death in the Wild" (2003) - both published by Riverhead Books.

He lives in New York City.

About the Jack Hagerty Lecture Endowment:

The Jack Hagerty Lecture Endowment to the University of North Dakota Communication Program, established by employees of the Grand Forks Herald in recognition of Jack Hagerty's outstanding and dedicated service to the Grand Forks Herald and to the Grand Forks community, was intended to honor him on his retirement after 26 years as executive news editor, managing editor, and editor.