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Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Chris Hedges to Discuss War and Peace

January 21, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Chris Hedges to Discuss War and Peace
CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Chris Hedges, a former foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize, will discuss his latest book, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 in the Chase Community Center at Vermont Law School. The event is free and open to the public.

Hedges, whose lecture is titled "A Matter of War and Peace," spent two decades reporting from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. He served for eight years as the Middle East bureau chief of The New York Times, where he shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism for the paper's coverage of global terrorism. He also received the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism.

The Vermont native has written seven books, including War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-fiction in 2002.

Uprising Radio, KPFK, in Los Angeles said Empire of Illusion, explores "the overwhelming ways in which our culture and our lives are severed from the complexities of reality into the one-dimensional world of celebrities, infotainment, pornography, advertising, and nationalism. Hedges makes the case that as Americans retreat into worlds of televised and commercial fantasy, the corporate stranglehold on our lives has simultaneously devastated the very fabric of our reality, our homes, our jobs, our civic participation."

Hedges is a senior fellow at the Nation Institute and the Anschutz Distinguished Fellow at Princeton University. He also writes a weekly column for the Web magazine Hedges holds a B.A. in English literature from Colgate University and a master of divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. He is fluent in Arabic and also speaks French, Spanish, Greek and Latin.

Hedges' lecture is hosted by Vermont Law School chapter of the National Lawyer's Guild. Bryan Kennelly, 3L, co-chairman of the NLG, said the chapter invited Hedges' because of his prominence in human rights issues and the anti-war movement.

"Our focus is human rights and from our perspective, war is the ultimate trampling of human rights," Kennelly said. "America has become an empire that's strayed from its roots as a republic, and when I came to Vermont Law School I wanted to bring people who can help to build community and support for human rights."

More information about Hedges' lecture is available from Bryan Kennelly at

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