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NYT correspondent to explain the love of war

New York Times war correspondent Chris Hedges will speak on “Why Do People Love War?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in 144 Benton Hall.

A veteran correspondent, Hedges has spent 15 years covering conflicts from Central America to the Balkans, to the Middle East and Persian Gulf. He was the Middle East bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, based in Jerusalem, from 1988 to 1990, and was the Middle East bureau chief for the New York Times, based in Cairo, from 1991 to 1995. In 1991 he was captured by the Iraqi Republican Guard in Basra during the Shiite uprising following the Gulf War. He spent last year covering al-Qaida cells in North Africa and Europe.

Hedges and a team won a Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting after the September 11 attacks. He is recipient of many other awards including the Amnesty International global award for human rights journalism (2002) and the Prix Bayeux des Correspondants de Guerre (1998).

He is author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning and the recently published What Every Person Should Know About War.

Hedges, who earned a master’s of divinity at Harvard University, is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and this fall is a visiting professor of journalism at Princeton.

His talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Grayson Kirk Lecture Series and the international studies program.

Date Published: 10/30/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 13

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