A webcast of Adam Hochschild's lecture for the 2007 Alfred E. Golz Lecture is available through iTunes.
Adam Hochschild was the Golz lecturer for the 2007-2008 academic year. His lecture, "Twelve Men in a Printing Shop May 22, 1787: A Great Human Rights Movement Is Born" was held Monday, September 24, 2007 at 7:30pm in Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall.
Adam Hochschild was born in New York City in 1942. His first book, Half the Way Home: a Memoir of Father and Son, was published in 1986. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times called it "an extraordinarily moving portrait of the complexities and confusions of familial love . . . firmly grounded in the specifics of a particular time and place, conjuring them up with Proustian detail and affection." It was followed by The Mirror at Midnight: a South African Journey, and The Unquiet Ghost: Russians Remember Stalin. His 1997 collection, Finding the Trapdoor: Essays, Portraits, Travels, won the PEN/Spielvogel-Diamonstein Award for the Art of the Essay. King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award. It also won a J. Anthony Lukas award Britain’s Duff Cooper Prize. His books have been translated into twelve languages and four of them have been named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His Bury the Chains:Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves , was a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award. His last two books have also each won Canada’s Lionel Gelber Prize and the Gold Medal of the California Book Awards. In 2005, he received a Lannan Literary Award for the body of his work.
Hochschild has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, and many other newspapers and magazines. His articles have won prizes from the Overseas Press Club, the Society of Professional Journalists and elsewhere. He was a co-founder of Mother Jones magazine and has been a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Hochschild teaches narrative writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, has been a Fulbright Lecturer in India, and has given writing workshops for working journalists in the United States, Britain, India, Zambia and South Africa. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, sociologist and author Arlie Russell Hochschild. They have two sons and one granddaughter.