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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to give Zepp lecture

Chris Hedges.
October 29, 2013

Former New York Times foreign correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges speaks at the third annual Zepp lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 on campus in McDaniel Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hedges spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, reporting on more than 50 countries for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times. In 2002, he was part of the team of reporters at The New York Times awarded a Pulitzer Prize for the paper’s coverage of global terrorism. He also received the Amnesty International Globe Award for Human Rights Journalism in 2002.

A senior fellow at The Nation Institute, Hedges is a weekly columnist for Truthdig. The Los Angeles Press Club honored his columns on Truthdig by naming him the “Online Journalist of the Year” in 2009 and again in 2011. His essay, “One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists,” was also named “Best Online Column” in 2010.

Additionally, he is an author of 12 books, including “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008), and “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010). A collection of his Truthdig columns titled “The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress,” was published in 2011, and his most recent book, “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt,” a collaboration with comic artist Joe Sacco, was published in 2012.

Hedges earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Colgate University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard University. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University.

The third annual Ira G. Zepp, Jr., Memorial Lecture honors Ira Zepp, a devoted member of the McDaniel faculty for more than 40 years and a human rights activist who died in 2009. He advocated the acceptance of gays, civil rights and women’s rights and marched with civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in Selma, Ala. The lecture and day-in-residence honoring Zepp rotates among four academic departments, sociology, religious studies (Zepp’s department), environmental studies, and political science and international studies, every two years.

Visit nationinstitute.org/fellows/1328/chris_hedges/ for more information about Chris Hedges.