Amanpour to speak on campus Thursday

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From the U of S press release (and a great option for those who need to cover a speech for Newswriting this semester):

Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent, who has reported on crises in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Rwanda and the Balkans, will speak on “America and the World” in a joint presentation with her husband, James Rubin Thursday at 7 p.m. in the fourth floor ballroom of the Patrick and Margaret DeNaples Center.

The event, which is part of the T. Linus Hoban Memorial Forum, will be presented by the Lackawanna Bar Association in partnership with The University of Scranton.

The public is invited to attend the lecture free of charge by reserving tickets through the Lackawanna Bar Association at 969-9161. Tickets for University of Scranton students, faculty and staff are available through the Public Relations Office at 941-5873. Seating is limited and tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.

Previous speakers at the Hoban Forum include U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who was the inaugural Hoban lecturer in 1978, and Hans Blix, Ph.D., the former chairman of the International Commission on Weapons of Mass Destruction, delivered the most recent Hoban Lecture in 2004.

Other speakers have included Alexander M. Haig Jr., the former U.S. Secretary of State and supreme allied commander of NATO; Helmut Schmidt, the former chancellor of West Germany; Edward Heath, the former prime minister of the United Kingdom; and the late Yitzak Rabin, the former prime minister of Israel.

As CNN’s chief international correspondent, Amanapour’s acclaimed coverage has ranged from exclusive interviews with world leaders to live reports from troubled war zones. Amanpour has reported on the tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka, terrorist attacks in London, riots in France, the first democratic elections in Iraq, the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict the XVI. She spent years in dangerous assignments covering the war in the Balkans and the Gulf War.

Throughout her career, she has successfully secured exclusive interviews with high-profile world leaders, including Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and France’s former President Jacques Chirac. She was the last journalist to interview Jordan’s King Hussein, just days before his death.

She has received numerous awards for her reporting, including nine Emmy awards, the 2002 Edward R. Murrow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcast Journalism, two George Polk awards and two George Foster Peabody awards.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Amanpour began her career with CNN in 1983.

An adjunct professor at Columbia University, Rubin served under President Clinton as assistant secretary of state for Public Affairs and chief spokesman for the State Department from 1997 to 2000. He was also the top policy advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and senior advisor and spokesman for the U.S. Representative to the United Nations.

In the 2004 presidential election, he served as senior advisor for national security for John Kerry. He was a visiting professor of international relations at the London School of Economics from 2001 to 2004, host of the PBS prime-time series Wide Angle from 2002 to 2003, and international news anchor and world affairs commentator for SKY news from Oct. 2005 to Oct. 2007.

Rubin earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Columbia University. He received the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000.

For additional information about the Hoban Forum, contact the Lackawanna Bar Association at 969-9161.

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1 Response to “Amanpour to speak on campus Thursday”


  1. 1 carlcaceres April 1, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    The location of Thursday’s lecture has been changed from the DeNaples Center to Elm Park United Methodist Church on Linden St. The new location has more seating and it is no longer a prerequisite to reserve tickets.


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