All things re-considered

PBS commentator to be graduation speaker

Lee Cullum, columnist for the Dallas Morning News and regular commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, will be the university’s commencement speaker on May 19.

Cullum plans to title her talk “The Age of Renewal.” In it she will examine the cultural, religious and political issues raised by the Sept. 11 attacks, and how we all are re-evaluating our lives.

“It has been an enormous experience that will have a permanent place in the national psyche,” said Cullum. “We’re all struggling to assimilate it.”

Cullum wrote Genius Came Early: Creativity in the Twentieth Century (Windsor House, 1999), a book about many of the creative geniuses of the last 100 years. She was editor of the editorial page of the Dallas Times Herald, and also edited the award-winning D Magazine. She has worked as a reporter, moderator and executive producer for “Newsroom,” a nightly program for the PBS Dallas affiliate, and she developed the PBS profile of Lillian Hellman, which was nominated for an Emmy.