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Author and Correspondent Jamie Ducharme to Speak at MCLA’s Annual Public Policy Lecture Event

NORTH ADAMS, MASS.—Jamie Ducharme, an author and TIME magazine correspondent, will be Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ 2021 Public Policy lecturer. She’ll speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 7 at the College’s Church Street Center Auditorium. A remote viewing option will also be available, and both options are free and open to the public.

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Jamie Ducharme is a correspondent at TIME magazine, where she covers health and science. Her work has won awards from the New York Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the Newswomen’s Club of New York. Her first book, Big Vape: The Incendiary Rise of Juul—a deep-dive into the e-cigarette company Juul Labs and an exploration of the complicated search for an alternative to cigarettes—was published by Henry Holt in May 2021. Jamie grew up in New Hampshire, earned a journalism degree from Northeastern University, and started her career as a health writer and editor at Boston magazine.

In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Public Policy lecture series, making public policy forums an ongoing part of the College’s long-term speaker offerings, in complement to MCLA’s major in political science and public policy.


About MCLA:
At MCLA, we’re here for all — and focused on each — of our students. Classes are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA is designed to elevate our students as individuals, as leaders, communicators, fully empowered to make their impressions on the world. In addition to our 125-year commitment to public education we have fortified our commitment to equitable academic excellence. For eight of the last 10 years, MCLA has been named a Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report. MCLA also appears on the organization’s list of top National Public Liberal Arts Colleges, as well as on the top 50 schools in U.S. News’ Social Mobility Ranking, which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants.

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