Tacoma, Wash. – Christopher Hedges, author of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, will speak on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound. Hedges, a foreign correspondent for nearly 20 years, worked for The New York Times from 1990 to 2005. Prior to that, he was a journalist for The Dallas Morning News, National Public Radio, and The Christian Science Monitor. His lecture, “Why Does America Need War Now?” is part of the Swope Lecture Series on Ethics, Religion, Faith, and Values. The event, which will take place in Schneebeck Concert Hall, is free and open to the public.
During his career, Hedges reported from over fifty countries in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. He survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. In search of an answer to war he writes, “The only antidote to ward off self-destruction and the indiscriminate use of force is humility and, ultimately, compassion.”
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. A graduate of the Harvard Divinity School, Hedges has taught at Columbia University, New York University and Princeton University where he is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and the Program in American Studies and Anschutz Distinguished Fellow. Hedges is author of What Every Person Should Know about War. His latest book is called, Losing Moses on the Freeway: the 10 Commandments in America.
During his lecture, Hedges will discuss his experiences as a war correspondent and some of the powerful revelations he makes in his books, including the seductive and corrupting power of war for individuals and societies. He will also draw upon his experiences and the events he witnessed as a foreign correspondent.
Copies of Hedges’ books are available at the Puget Sound bookstore. They will also be available for sale just prior to the lecture. The author will autograph copies following his talk.
The Swope Endowed Lectureship was established at Puget Sound through a gift from Major Ianthe Swope in honor of her mother, Jane Hammer Swope. The lectureship is intended to promote broad discussions, critical thinking and ethical inquiry about matters of religion, such as its role in public life, issues in contemporary spirituality, ethics and world religions. Directions to the University of Puget Sound campus, Schneebeck Concert Hall and information on parking are available on the website at www.pugetsound.edu/directions.