Neal Gabler
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  • "Neal was a wonderful speaker to host at Bowdoin. He gave an excellent lecture, lively, well-organized, accessible but rich in content and full of fascinating observations. Knowledgeable, generous with his time, a careful listener and incisive thinker, with an obvious passion for engaging deeply with a broad range of subjects, including writing, film, history and politics, he exemplified the concept of public intellectual."
    -Bowdoin College

Neal Gabler

Neal Gabler is a distinguished author, cultural historian and television commentator who has been called "one of America's most important public intellectuals." His first book, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History. His second book, Winchell: Gossip, Power and the Culture of Celebrity, was named the non-fiction book of the year by Time Magazine. His third book, Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality, is currently being used in college courses across the country to examine the convergence of reality and entertainment. His most recent book, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination, a New York Times best-seller, was named biography of the year by USA Today and won Neal his second Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Neal has taught at the University of Michigan and at the Pennsylvania State University. Leaving academe, he was selected to replace departing co-hosts Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel on the movie review program, Sneak Previews. He has also been the host of Reel to Real on the History Channel, and he is currently the host of Reel Thirteen on WNET, for which he won an Emmy.

Neal is a contributing editor at Playboy and a regular contributor to the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and Reuters Opinion, and his essays and articles have appeared in Newsweek, Vanity Fair, The Nation, The New Republic, Men's Journal, Time, Variety and many other publications. He has made appearances on The Today Show, CBS Morning News, Entertainment Tonight, and Charlie Rose.

Neal has been the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and Shorenstein Fellowship. He is currently a senior fellow at the Norman Lear Center for the Study of Society and Entertainment at the University of Southern California and is a Visiting Professor in the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook. He is now researching a book on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and the course of modern American liberalism.

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