Hersh to speak at UW-Eau Claire Oct. 22
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
interim assistant to the Provost serves as a three-quarter time administrative
intern while continuing to teach in his department one-quarter time.
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.
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.
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.
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
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Liz Wolf Green, Editor
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
· Diane Walkoff,
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October 21, 2002