The News Service
March 8, 2005
Pulitzer-Winning Journalist Seymour Hersh To Give Meiklejohn Lecture
Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and author Seymour Hersh will give the 39th annual Meiklejohn Lecture Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching. Hersh will speak on “Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.” The lecture, sponsored by the Taubman Center, is free and open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author best known for exposing the Vietnam War’s My Lai massacre, will give the 39th annual Meiklejohn Lecture Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching on The College Green.
Hersh will speak on “Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib,” which is also the title and topic of his latest book. Sponsored by the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions, the lecture is free and open to the public.
Hersh won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1970 after exposing the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and its subsequent cover-up. He worked at both the New York and Washington bureaus of The New York Times during the 1970s, and he has rejoined the paper twice for special assignments. Hersh has won more than a dozen major journalism awards, including four George Polk Awards, and he is the author of six books. They include The Prince of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award in biography.
A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Chicago, Hersh is a regular contributor to The New Yorker on military and security matters. His recent articles have included an investigative piece on the circumstances that led to the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq and another on the alleged torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. military police at Abu Ghraib. His latest book, Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, provides an in-depth investigation of the significant events of the post-9/11 world that led U.S. soldiers to Baghdad.
The Meiklejohn Lecture honors the memory of the distinguished educator, alumnus and civil libertarian Alexander Meiklejohn. Meiklejohn graduated from Brown in 1893, earned a master’s in philosophy at Brown in 1895 and joined the Brown faculty in 1897. He served as dean of the University from 1901 to 1912, then became president of Amherst College in 1913. The lectureship was endowed by Louis Schweitzer. Previous speakers have included former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, noted civil rights attorney Floyd Abrams and ACLU president Nadine Strossen, among others.
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