Author/Foreign Correspondent Chris Hedges to Deliver Cassidy Lecture Feb. 10

Story posted January 29, 2009

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Chris Hedges was a member of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.

Author and longtime New York Times foreign correspondent Chris Hedges will deliver the 2009 Tom Cassidy Lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 10, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Hedges' lecture, titled "Covering War and Conflict as a Foreign Correspondent," is open to the public and admission is free. For more information call 725-3433.

Chris Hedges, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East.

He is the author of the best seller War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a book that draws on the many conflicts he covered to explore what war does to societies and individuals. He has examined faith and belief in American society in his books Losing Moses on the Freeway: The Ten Commandments in America, and his New York Times bestseller American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. His most recent work on the subject is titled I Don't Believe in Atheists.

Hedges, the son of a Presbyterian minister, was a foreign correspondent for The New York Times from 1990 to 2005 and previously worked for The Dallas Morning News, National Public Radio and The Christian Science Monitor. He served as the Balkan Bureau Chief for The New York Times and the Middle East Bureau Chief for the paper. He is an Arabic speaker and has spent seven years in the Middle East and perhaps more time in the Palestinian territories than any other American reporter.

Hedges was a member of The New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for the paper's coverage of global terrorism, and he received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in English literature from Colgate University and a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. During the academic year 1998-99 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied in the Department of Classics. Hedges taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University. In addition to Arabic, he speaks French and Spanish.

Hedges has written for Foreign Affairs, Granta, The New Statesman, Harper's, Mother Jones, and The New York Review of Books. He writes a column for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Truthdig.com.

The Tom Cassidy Lectureship was established in 1991 by the bequest of Thomas J. Cassidy '72 and memorial gifts of his family, friends and classmates. It is used to support a lectureship in journalism.

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