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Pulitzer Prize Winner to Deliver Lecture at UM on Famous Leaks, National Security

January 22, 2014

MISSOULA – The second half of the University of Montana’s 2013-14 President’s Lecture Series will kick off with a lecture from prolific author, social critic and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. He will analyze America’s national security state and the meaning of revelations by high-profile information leakers including Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning – formerly Bradley Manning – for the future of our democracy.

The lecture, titled “Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, PRISM, Edward Snowden and National Security,” will be held at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in the University Center Ballroom. Hedges also will deliver a seminar earlier the same day, titled “The Death of the Liberal Class and the Crisis of the American Political System.” It will be held from 3:10 to 4:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.

Hedges, a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades, has written extensively about Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Granta, The New Statesman, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Nation, Adbusters and The New York Review of Books.

In 2002, he shared a Pulitzer Prize as part of the team of reporters at The New York Times that covered global terrorism. He currently writes a weekly column for Truthdig.com and is a senior fellow at The Nation Institute in New York City.

Hedges’ books have made him a leading social critic in America. His best-selling book “War is the Force that Gives Us Meaning” draws on the many conflicts he covered as a journalist. It explores what war does to societies and individuals. He examines faith and belief American-style in “Losing Moses on the Freeway: The Ten Commandments in America,” “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America,” and “I Don’t Believe in Atheists.”

His most recent books include “The Death of the Liberal Class,” “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” and “The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress,” which is a collection of Truthdig columns about the most controversial issues of the day: America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the American empire, the Middle East and the crisis of the American political system.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of 10 talks on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers throughout the academic year. For more information on the series, visit http://umt.edu/president/events/lectures/ or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.

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Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and President’s Lecture Series organizer, 406-243-2981, richard.drake@mso.umt.edu.