As the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) at Bethel College continues its 30th-anniversary celebration, a nationally syndicated journalist will be on campus to join in.

Leonard Pitts Jr. will speak Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in Krehbiel Auditorium in Luyken Fine Arts Center, an event that is free and open to the public.

The title for his talk is “What Now? America in the Age of Trump.”

Pitts is a native of southern California who graduated from the University of Southern California at age 19. He currently writes a syndicated column for the Miami Herald that is one of the most popular in the country.

Pitts has a long list of awards to his credit, most notably the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.

In 2001, he received the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) award for commentary writing, as well as Feature of the Year-Columnist from Editor and Publisher magazine. In 2002, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists gave Pitts its inaugural Columnist of the Year award.

He won the National Association of Black Journalists’ Award of Excellence three times, the Atlantic City Press Club’s National Headliners Award five times and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Award seven times. The NABJ named him Journalist of the Year in 2008.

Pitts came to national attention for his column of Sept. 12, 2001, “We’ll go forward from this moment,” an angry and defiant open letter to the Sept. 11 terrorists that was circulated around the globe via internet and widely quoted.