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Buruma to present two lectures, Nov. 15-16

Author and journalist Ian Buruma will present two lectures on campus on topics ranging from democracy to nationalism.

Buruma, the Henry Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, will discuss "Is Democracy a Universal Value?" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in McCosh 50. His topic at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in 202 Jones Hall will be "A Poisoned Legacy: Nationalism in China, Korea and Japan."

Buruma has written numerous books on topics including Japanese war guilt, Chinese intellectuals, German war memory, Zionism, European literature and, most recently, North Korea. He is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, the Financial Times, The Guardian and other publications. He won the Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage in 2003, and has been a fellow at Oxford University and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

His presentations are sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies' Henry Wendt III Lecture Fund with support from the University Public Lecture Series Stafford Little Fund.

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