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Posted on Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 1:10 p.m.

First female New York Times executive editor to speak at U-M

By Kellie Woodhouse


New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson delivers the keynote address during winter commencement Sunday at Crisler Arena.

Jeffrey Smith | for

New York Times chief editor Jill Abramson will speak at the University of Michigan next week.

The Times' first female executive editor is set to give the 2013 Mullin Welch Lecture, sponsored by the Center for the Education of Women, on Tuesday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. at the Kahn Auditorium in the Biomedical Science Research Building on central campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The 58-year-old Abramson succeeded Bill Keller as executive editor in September 2011 after previously serving as the publication's managing editor, a position she held since 2003. She joined the New York Times in 1997 and has also worked for the Wall Street Journal, Time and, the Legal Times and The American Lawyer.

The annual Mullin Welch Lecture Series honors Elizabeth Charlotte Mullin Welch, a 1939 U-M graduate and successful businesswoman who was an early role model in the struggle to further women's aspirations.

Abramson gave U-M's December 2011 commencement address and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the university.

"You need to work at being well informed," she told graduates then. "You learn the skills you need for that right here at Michigan. You learn to question everything and to insist on finding out the truth.”

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 6:48 p.m.

It seems as if articles related to UM or progressive ideas, ie., thinking about improving the lives of others, result in replies that are mean-spirited and off-topic. Finding thoughtful replies that aren't vents about how "the other" is someone to be despised is challenging. How about considering the big picture, how we're all in this together and should take care of one another, rather than the me-me-focus of so many posts?


Mon, Mar 18, 2013 : 1:36 p.m.

Because conservatism is the "me me me me, my taxes, my money" disease. They only care about themselves.

Superior Twp voter

Sat, Mar 16, 2013 : 6:36 p.m.

N Y Times? Waste of time. Slanted lefty "spin." Less than zero respect for anything / anyone associated with this liberal rag.

Top Cat

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 6:40 p.m.

Does the U of M have a Center for the Education of Men?


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 9:59 p.m.

The existence of the Center for the Education of Women reminds of how blessed I have been to be born in this country rather than a country like the home of Malala Yousufzai.


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

Explain why it would need one:

Dog Guy

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 6:36 p.m.

I am certain that Jill Abramson will feel at home in Ann Arbor, the city of big trees.


Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 5:22 p.m.

So she's the one who destroyed the paper? New York Times can be summed up in two words: Irrelevent

G. Orwell

Fri, Mar 15, 2013 : 8:09 p.m.

@Shepard, The second word would be propagandist.