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New York Times Columnist and author Maureen Dowd, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary, will be the guest speaker at Temple B'nai Abraham, located at 300 E. Northfield Rd (entrance on E. Cedar St.) in Livingston, NJ, on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Having served as White House correspondent and covering four presidential campaigns, Ms. Dowd will explore “The State of the Union” as the topic for the evening’s program. This event, sponsored by TBA’s Prinz Lecture Fund and Klein Fund for Program Enrichment, is open to the community. Maureen Dowd became a columnist on The New York Times Op-Ed page in 1995 after having served as a correspondent in the paper's Washington bureau since 1986. She also wrote a column, "On Washington," for The New York Times Magazine. Ms. Dowd joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter in 1983. She began her career in 1974 as an editorial assistant for The Washington Star, where she later became a sports columnist, metropolitan reporter and feature writer. When the Star closed in 1981, she went to Time magazine. She is the author of Are Men Necessary?: When Sexes Collide and Bushworld: Enter at Your Own Risk. Born in Washington D.C., Ms. Dowd received a B.A. degree in English literature from Catholic University (Washington, D.C.) in 1973.Tickets for the event are $25 for advanced sale or $30 at the door and students tickets are $18. Reserved seating is $50 per person. To order tickets or information, please call 973-994-2290 or visit the TBA website at www.tbanj.org.