The Ottaway Journalism Program presents: Bestselling author Deborah Copaken, Nov. 2

Photo by Dave Cross

The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism program invites all members of the SUNY New Paltz community to an evening with photographer and New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Copaken will give a talk titled “My So-Called Post-Feminist Life in Arts and Letters: Part II,” at 5 p.m. in Science Hall room 181.

She will meet with attendees and sign books in the lobby area outside the auditorium after her address.

The event will also be livestreamed and recorded. Use this link to join the livestream when the event begins.

Copaken is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Shutterbabe, a memoir of her time as a war correspondent and photojournalist in her early twenties, and the novels The Red Book and Between Here and April, among others. Her seventh book, Ladyparts, was published by Random House in August 2021.

contributing writer at The Atlantic, her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Observer, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Slate, O, the Oprah Magazine, and Paris Match, among others. She is also an Emmy Award–winning news producer and photojournalist. Her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times

Her column “When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist” was adapted for the Modern Love streaming series.

More about Deborah Copaken and her work can be found at


About the James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship

The James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professorship, SUNY New Paltz’s only endowed professorship, was established in 2000 through the generosity of James H. Ottaway Jr. ’18 HON and Mary Ottaway ’70g (Elementary Education). It is named in honor of James Sr., the founder of Ottaway Newspapers, Inc., and a lifelong supporter of quality journalism in the Hudson Valley and across the globe.

The program has brought 20 exceptional journalists to work with New Paltz undergraduate students, including Pulitzer Prize winners, foreign correspondents, book authors, editors, investigative reporters and experts in finance, science and consumer journalism.

More information about the Ottaway Visiting Professorship, including biographies of previous professors, can be found at