Counter culture and revolt: The '60s beyond the United States

A lecture series at Fairfield University on "Counter Culture and Revolt: the '60s Beyond the United States," opens on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzaga Auditorium, with a talk by Christopher Hitchens on "Swinging Britain." The lecture series is part of Fairfield's "'60s Project," a University-wide, semester-long examination of the 1960s through academic courses, events, lectures and performances.

A British journalist who moved to Washington, D.C. in 1982, Mr. Hitchens is a columnist with "The Nation" and "Vanity Fair," and a regular contibutor to "The Times Literary Supplement" and "The London Review of Books." His works include" "Hostage to History: Cyprus from the Ottomans to Kissinger," "The Elgin Marbles: Should They Be Returned to Greece?" "Blood, Class and Nostalgia: Anglo American Ironies," and "No One Left to Lie To: The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton."

A frequent guest of political talk shows, Mr. Hitchens is known for his biting wit, frequently taking on entrenched powers and interests. Although considered a liberal, he has been especially critical of the Clinton White House, splitting with his long-time friend, Presidential Aide Sidney Blumenthal, during President Clinton's impeachment inquiry.

Born in Portsmouth, England, Mr. Hitchens received a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1970.

Other speakers in the series are Daniel S. Singer on Oct. 26, who will speak on "Paris '68: Historical Perspectives;" and Dr. Irene Gendzier on Nov. 30, who will discuss "Frantz Fanon and Third Worldism." Both lectures are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Gonzaga Auditorium.

Mr. Singer is the head of "The Nation's" European bureau and the author of many works on European politics and culture. His books include "The Road to Gdansk: Poland and the USSR," and the recently published "Whose Millennium: Theirs or Ours?"

Dr. Gendzier, a professor of political science at Boston University, is the author of "Development Against Democracy: Manipulating Political Change in the Third World;" "Frantz Fanon: A Critical Biography;" and the recent "Notes from the Underground: U.S. Intervention in Lebanon and the Middle East, 1945-1958."

The lecture series is sponsored by Fairfield University's Program in International Studies and the Department of History, with a grant from the University's Humanities Institute. The public is welcome.

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Posted on September 6, 1999

Vol. 32, No. 60

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