Author and journalist Adam Hochschild to deliver Scholars' Convocation Oct. 7

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—Author, journalist and historian Adam Hochschild will discuss “Twelve Men in a Printing Shop, London, May 22, 1787: A Great Human Rights Movement is Born” in a Scholars’ Convocation at Grinnell College on Thurs., Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. in Room 101 of the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center.

Hochschild has published extensively about historical and contemporary human rights abuses and international humanitarian interventions, focusing particularly on sub-Saharan Africa. His first book “Half the Way Home: A Memoir of Father and Son” drew acclaim and was followed by seven history works now translated into 13 languages.

His most recent book, “Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves,” will be the basis of his Grinnell talk. The book is considered “a powerful study of the movement to end slavery in the late 18th and early 19th century British Empire.” The co-founder of Mother Jones, Hochschild also writes for The New Yorker, Harper’s, The New York Review of Books, and is often heard on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

Hochschild’s lecture is part of Grinnell’s ongoing Scholars’ Convocation series. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. If accommodations are needed, please contact the event’s sponsoring organization as soon as possible to make a request.

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