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Writer Adam Hochschild to speak at Vanderbilt University Feb. 24 about the impact of storytelling in historical and scholarly writing

by Feb. 11, 2011, 1:30 PM

Adam Hochschild (Photo courtesy of Media Sparks)

Writer and journalist Adam Hochschild will give a lecture titled “’Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch . . .’: What Scholars Can Learn from Novelists – and Journalists – about Storytelling,” on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Room 114 Furman Hall on the Vanderbilt University campus.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Hochschild is a nonfiction writer and journalist who believes using fiction writing techniques – scene setting, suspense, relationships among characters – helps people sit up and take notice. He writes about oppression, injustice, human suffering and cruelty, issues he was awakened to in his youth.

Hochschild is an award-winning author of six books, including King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa and Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire’s Slaves.

He has been a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, a commentator on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and an editor and writer at Mother Jones magazine.

A recording of his lecture will be available several days after the event at

His lecture is sponsored by the Art of Narrative Writing Seminar at the Warren Center, the departments of History and English, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies and the Max Kade Center for European and German Studies.

Learn more about the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanties.