Pulitzer Prize-Winning War Reporter Visits MHC

Posted: April 6, 2006

Chris Hedges, a former New York Times reporter who shared the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for coverage of global terrorism, spoke on campus Monday as part of an international relations course, Propaganda and War, taught by professors Jon Western, Five College Assistant Professor of International Relations, and Kavita Khory, associate professor of politics.

An April 4 article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette by Tom Marshall said that Hedges has "made his name as a war correspondent who hates war and writes about it, vividly, as he sees it."

The article goes on to explain that Hedges has covered some of the worst global conflicts including Sudan, Bosnia, and El Salvador, and considers America's prosecution of the war in Iraq a "debacle."

Hedges compared the U.S. media's war coverage to sports commentary and said that the mission of war correspondents and journalists generally should be to give voice to those who have been victimized. When a student asked if Hedges could remain objective with such strong views, Hedges replied, "I'm not fair, I'm not objective, I'm not balanced. I think war should be covered by people who hate war," according to the Gazette.

A Senior Fellow at the Nation Institute, Hedges currently teaches American studies at Princeton University. He is the author of countless articles and essays, and his most recent book is War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning.

Hedges also visited Holyoke Community College and Hampshire College as part of Nostoi, a series examining the experiences of returning veterans.

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