Eighth Annual Literati Award
The Literati Award honors individuals who have used the written word to advance the ideals of creativity, conviction, innovation and scholarship and who have had a significant impact on culture and the community through their work.
This award was created by the Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon in 2010 and was established in honor of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the organization to celebrate the power of the written word and to recognize significant achievements in creativity.
The 2017 Literati Award honors Rena Pederson.
RENA PEDERSON, a trail blazer for women in journalism, is a faculty member at Southern Methodist University, where she teaches persuasive writing. She previously was Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications at the U.S. Department of State, serving as a senior speechwriter. Ms. Pederson served on the Pulitzer Prize Board for nine years and received national recognition as Vice President and Editorial Page Editor at The Dallas Morning News for 16 years. During her tenure at the newspaper, Texas Monthly named her as one of the most powerful women in Texas. Her first book “What’s Next?” was featured on the Oprah Winfrey television show; her most recent book is “THE BURMA SPRING: Aung San Suu Kyi and the New Struggle for the Soul of a Nation.” Her opinion pieces have appeared in The American Interest, The Weekly Standard, Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post.