Author, Humorist Returns to SJU for Lecture

Monday, February 15, 2010

PHILADELPHIA (February 15, 2010) — Joe Queenan, ’72, noted author, culture critic and humorist, presents “Why Europe Still Matters – At Least to My Family” on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Saint Joseph’s University Francis A. Drexel Library at 3:30 p.m.

An honors program participant, Queenan was one of the first College Scholars, a program allowing students to be free from all required course work during their senior year. After graduation, he lived in France briefly before he returned to the States to pursue a writing career.

“Queenan made himself into a writer through perseverance and talent which he honed through hard work,” said Thomas Donahue, Ph. D., professor of French and director of French and European studies at Saint Joseph’s. “It’s unusual for a writer to make a living as a freelancer, but Joe has done it. He’s a successful graduate and [not to mention] a real Hawk fan!”

Queenan is the author of nine books and has been a contributing writer for the New York Times, GQ and Rolling Stone.  Funny, sarcastic, and perhaps offensive to some, he is best known for satirizing just about anything and anyone he considers rant-worthy.  Queenan has been a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning, America” and “Politically Incorrect.”  His new memoir, Closing Time, chronicles his life growing up with an abusive father in the Schuylkill Falls housing project in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.

Of Queenan’s ability to amuse with his wide-ranging knowledge and interests, Evelyn Minick, University librarian, said, “He’s absolutely hilarious –always entertaining.” 

“Why Europe Still Matters – At Least to My Family” is co-sponsored by the Francis A. Drexel Library and the European Studies Program.  Refreshments will be served. A campus map may be viewed at

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