Author of Ramblers tells story of Loyola’s 1963 NCAA Championship



CHICAGO--  (April 4, 2013)   Former Atlantic Monthly and Chicago Reader writer Michael Lenehan will present a lecture entitled, “Ramblers: The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball” as part of the East-West Perspectives lecture series on Wed., April 17, 2013 in the Fourth Floor Auditorium at East-West University, 816 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago.  The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:00 p.m.  Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.


Michael Lenehan is a Chicago-based writer and editor who worked for many years as Chief Editorial Executive at the Chicago Reader. He has written for Chicago Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and the Atlantic Monthly, where from 1983 to 1993 he was a contributing editor.  His Chicago Reader article on beekeeping won the Westinghouse Science Writing Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1979. His Atlantic Monthly article on dog training was a finalist in the 1986 National Magazine Awards. 


In his current book Ramblers, Lenehan takes what is on the surface a basketball story and reminds readers of the social-historical realities of the 1950s and 1960s that surrounded a team bringing historic changes to their sport.  Ramblers is actually a profound story about American history, sport, culture, and society converging at a dramatic crossroads.


A native of New Jersey, Mr. Lenehan graduated from the University of Notre Dame. He enjoys cooking, tennis, and Spring Green, Wisconsin. He resides in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood with his wife, Mary Williams. They have two grown children.


Please note:  The new starting time for this lecture is an hour earlier than past lectures in the Perspectives series.



East-West University is a private, not-for-profit, and non-denominational institution of higher learning in Chicago’s South Loop.  East-West is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and provides affordable, quality higher education to students from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.




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