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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

University Bulletin Vol. 50, No. 10
Tenth Week
Fall Semester
Oct. 21, 2002
 Seymour Hersh to speak at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 22
Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh will speak Tuesday, Oct. 22, at UW-Eau Claire, as part of The Forum lecture series.
     His address, titled "Foreign Policy in an Election Year," will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Hersh's formal presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a reception.
     One of the top muckrakers in the business, Hersh frequently writes for The New Yorker's "Annals of National Security" department. In the magazine's Sept. 30 issue, he examines the Justice Department's handling of the case against Zacarias Moussaoui, indicted as the alleged 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 conspiracy — casting doubt on Moussaoui's purported role in the conspiracy and raising questions about the government's strategy to seek the death penalty rather than plea bargain for information about Al Qaeda.
     "I do want to urge you to show up in late October when Seymour Hersh comes here," Ralph Nader said during his sold-out Forum address on Sept. 24, "because if there's anybody in Washington, D.C., who knows more what's going on and can tell it more truthfully, I haven't met that person yet. It's really important, especially given today's headlines, to come and listen to him and interact with him."
     Born in Chicago in 1937, Seymour Hersh received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Chicago. After flunking out of law school he was hired to work in the City News Bureau, a pool set up by the Associated Press and Chicago newspapers to cover the courts. Hersh was a journalist even during his Army service, working on the base newspaper at Fort Riley, Kan. He spent a year reporting for United Press International in South Dakota before he rejoined the AP, working in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
     Hersh was promoted to Pentagon correspondent in 1966. When a series he had written about chemical and biological warfare was savagely cut and rewritten, Hersh left the AP for a freelance writing career. He wrote several articles on chemical and biological weapons for The New York Times and The New Republic, which led to his first book, "Chemical and Biological Warfare: America's Hidden Arsenal" (1968). That year he also became a press secretary for antiwar presidential candidate Eugene McCarthy.
     In September 1969, the freelancer was tipped about a story that he knew would be big: a U.S. Army officer was about to be secretly court-martialed for the murder of civilians in Vietnam. His Pentagon sources eventually led Hersh to a stockade in Georgia, where he interviewed Lt. William L. Calley Jr. — the only person who would ever be convicted in an atrocity known as the My Lai Massacre. On March 16, 1968, Calley had led more than a hundred soldiers of Charlie Company in the four-hour slaughter of 504 unarmed noncombatants in Son My, a village in central Vietnam that was called My Lai 4 on the soldiers' maps. It was a year and a half before the world learned of the incident, one of the darkest episodes in American history.
     In November 1969, Hersh's exclusive was put out by a small newspaper syndicate and picked up by three dozen newspapers. It was a turning point in the public perception of the Vietnam War.
     "It was the most miraculous thing," Hersh said. "I got a Pulitzer Prize as a freelancer, which almost never happens, writing a story that was so negative about America."

Knutson-Kolodzne named interim assistant to Provost Satz
An educator and counselor with a history of working with diverse student groups of all ages has been named interim assistant to Provost Ronald Satz. Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, senior lecturer of psychology, guest lecturer in American Indian Studies and adviser to the Native American Indian Student Association, will begin his duties in January 2003.
     The interim assistant to the Provost serves as a three-quarter time administrative intern while continuing to teach in his department one-quarter time.
     "The position is designed to provide faculty and staff opportunities to gain administrative experience, become familiar with a variety of administrative activities and bring faculty and academic staff perspectives to the administrative process," Satz said.
     "I found the experience invaluable and am thankful for the opportunity to better understand the university," said Jan Larson, associate professor of communication and journalism and the first person to hold the position, which was created two years ago.
     Knutson-Kolodzne has taught at UW-Eau Claire since 1997. He previously taught at UW-Stout and served as acting education director of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community in Prior Lake, Minn.
     As interim assistant to the Provost, Knutson-Kolodzne's responsibilities will include a variety of projects, Satz said. Possible examples include planning the annual Academic Affairs opening-week forum, work related to the assessment of the baccalaureate degree, program review, campus-wide professional development initiatives, curricular initiatives and program development entitlement processes, enrollment management, plan 2008 and related diversity initiatives, preparation of promotional literature for faculty and student recruitment, first year experiences and retention. He also will be a member of the Provost and Vice Chancellor's staff, the Academic Affairs Leadership Council and the Chancellor's administrative staff.


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