BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Will Shortz, crossword editor for The New York Times, will present a lecture titled "Crosswords and Brain Games" Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union at Indiana University. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Shortz, a native of Crawfordsville, Ind., will be visiting IU as the Class of 1942 Wells Professor under the auspices of the Wells Scholars Program.
During his week-long visit to IU, Shortz will also contribute to a Wells Scholars Program seminar called "Mind Games," being taught by Breon Mitchell, IU professor of comparative literature and Germanic studies. The class covers areas of philosophy, including logical puzzles and paradoxes; sociology, particularly the role of games and puzzles in child's play; games and puzzles in literature and art; the research on game theory in the field of economics; puzzles in artificial intelligence; and puzzles in the real world.
A 1974 graduate of IU, Shortz is the world's only academically accredited enigmatologist, having designed his own major in IU's Individualized Major Program. After graduating from law school at the University of Virginia, Shortz became editor of Games magazine. In 1993, he became the fourth, and youngest, editor in the history of The New York Times crossword puzzle. His riddles were used in the 1995 movie Batman Forever. In 1997, he added the role of puzzlemaster for National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday to his impressive resume.
Shortz has written or edited more than 30 books, including Will Shortz's Tournament Crosswords (Times Books, 1998) and The Puzzlemaster Presents (Times Books, 1996). The founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the World Puzzle Championship, Shortz also co-founded the World Puzzle Federation. He served as U.S. team captain in the World Puzzle Championships from 1993 to 1998 and his team was named world champion in 1995, 1996 and 1998.
Esquire magazine named Shortz one of "The 100 Best People in the World," and as someone, editors said, who makes "the world...a much better place simply because they're in it." The Class of 1942 Wells Professor recognizes the generous support of the IU class of 1942 for the Wells Professorship program within the Wells Scholars Program. For more information, call 812-855-3397.
(Amy Schlegel, 812-855-3397, email@example.com)
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