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Author, commentator Christopher Hitchens to speak at Iowa State University, Oct. 31

AMES, Iowa -- National Book Award nominee Christopher Hitchens will speak at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Memorial Union Sun Room at Iowa State University. A book signing and reception follow. All events are free and open to the public.

Hitchens has been a columnist for Vanity Fair, The Nation and Slate. A former foreign correspondent, he is the only writer to have written from Iran, Iraq and North Korea since 2000. He is the author of several books, including "Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography," "Class and Nostalgia: Anglo-American Ironies," "The Palestine Question," "The Trial of Henry Kissinger," and "A Long Short War: The Postponed Liberation of Iraq." His recent book, "God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything," is nominated for a National Book Award in the nonfiction category.

Born in England, Hitchens was educated at Cambridge and Oxford universities. From 1971 to 1981, he worked in London as a writer and editor for The Times, the Times Higher Education Supplement, The New Statesman and London Weekend Television. He was chief foreign correspondent for Daily Express. Hitchens emigrated to the United States in 1981.

The lecture is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Series and the Committee on Lectures. The World Affairs Series is planned by a committee of students and faculty in cooperation with the Committee on Lectures. The series has a more then 40-year history of open and wide-ranging discussions with speakers funded by student fees allocated through the Government of the Student Body. More information is online.

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Quick look

Christopher Hitchens

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

Memorial Union Sun Room

Book signing and reception follow

Free and open to the public

Part of the World Affairs Series

More information.