April 21, 1999

Andrei Codrescu, Commentator for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," to Talk at Middlebury College on April 29

Andrei Codrescu, a regular commentator for "All Things Considered" on National Public Radio (NPR), will deliver the Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. Memorial Lecture on "The Wages of Relentless Travel: Two Revolutions and Countless Upheavals," at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 in the auditorium of Middlebury College's Twilight Hall on College Street. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

The talk will include discussion of Codrescu's experiences as a journalist, as well as stories about Romania, and Cuba, where he has traveled recently to do research for his most recent book, "Ay, Cuba! A Socio-Erotic Journey."

Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born essayist, editor, novelist, and poet. In addition to his work as an NPR commentator, he has appeared on "The Today Show," the "Tonight Show," "Nightline," "The Late Show with David Letterman," and network news. He writes commentary and reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune.

Among his best-known commentaries were a series of reports about the fall of the Ceaucescu government in Romania, and his own homecoming after a quarter century of exile. He is the author of three novels, several collections of poems, and 10 essay collections, including: "Road Scholar: Coast to Coast Late in the Century" (1993)-based on his PBS documentary of the same name; "The Muse is Always Half-Dressed in New Orleans" (1995); "Zombification: Essays from NPR" (1996); and his most recent book, "Ay, Cuba! A Socio-Erotic Journey" (1999).

Robert W. van de Velde, Jr. was a member of the Middlebury College class of 1975. The memorial lecture was established in 1981 by his parents, R.W. and Barbara van de Velde; his widow, Diana Mooney van de Velde; and other family members and friends. The lecture series provides an annual talk on the confluence of public affairs, both foreign and domestic, and journalism-particularly broadcast journalism. Previous speakers in the series have included Frank Sesno, Middlebury College class of 1977; Cecil Forster of the class of 1964; Robert Abernethy; former Governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin; Jane Bryant Quinn of the class of 1960; and E.D. Hirsch.