Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Public Intellectual, Author, Columnist and Foreign Correspondent

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2006, Noon to 1:30 PM
WHERE: Wedgwood Ballroom, Wyndham Anatole Hotel, Dallas, Texas

Complimentary valet and self-parking provided at the Tower entrance.

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Christopher Hitchens, one of the most controversial and compelling voices in Anglo-American journalism, has published more than a dozen books, including, most recently, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America; Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays; A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq; Why Orwell Matters; The Trial of Henry Kissinger; and Letters to a Young Contrarian. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, and has written prolifically for American and English periodicals including The Nation, the London Review of Books, Granta, Harper's, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, New Left Review, Slate, the New York Review of Books, Newsweek International, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Washington Post. He is also a regular television and radio commentator and has written and narrated several documentary films.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Hitchens was educated at The Leys School in Cambridge and Balliol College in Oxford, receiving an Honors Degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Hitchens began his career in England, in the 1970s, as a writer for the New Statesman and the Evening Standard. From 1977 to 1979 he worked for London's Daily Express as a foreign correspondent and then returned to the New Statesman as foreign editor. As a foreign correspondent and travel writer, Hitchens has written from more than sixty countries on all five continents. He has also served as the Washington editor for Harper's and as the U.S. correspondent for The Spectator and The Times Literary Supplement. From 1986 to 1992 he was the book critic at New York Newsday and since 2002 he has been a regular book columnist for The Atlantic Monthly.

Hitchens has also taught at several universities. He was a Mellon Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh; a Koret Teaching Fellow at the University of California, Berkley; and is currently Visiting Professor of Liberal Studies at the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Journalism and I.F. Stone visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkley and Lawrence Sanders Fellow and visiting lecturer at Florida Atlantic University.

He has won several awards including the Lannan Foundation Literary Award for Nonfiction, Professional Integrity Award from the Society of Print and Broadcast Media, and has been nominated in three categories, essays, criticism, and reportage, for the National Magazine Award. He is a member of the editorial board of Critical Quarterly, the board of the Fund for Constitutional Government, and of the " America at the Crossroads" advisory board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.