Author to Present Schooler Lecture October 27

July 11, 2011

Author Khaled Hosseini will be featured at the Schooler Lecture at the University of Mount Union on Thursday, October 27 at 8 p.m. in the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex (The MAAC). The lecture will be in the format of a moderated discussion led by Dr. Doug Hendel, professor of theatre at Mount Union. Hosseini, a native of Afghanistan, is the author of two New York Times best sellers – The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

Hosseini, a native of Kabul, Afghanistan, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Santa Clara University in 1988 and a medical degree from University of California-San Diego's School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his residency at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles and was a practicing internist from 1996 through 2004. While in medical practice, he began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, in March of 2001.
Kite Runner is about the unlikely friendship of two boys growing up together in Kabul, Afghanistan. Amir is the son of a wealthy man, whereas Hassan is the son of Amir’s father’s servant and a member of a shunned ethnic minority. According to Hosseini’s website (, Kite Runner is about the bonds between fathers and sons, and the power of their lies. When the Soviets invade and Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks he has escaped his past. As the story progresses, Amir cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him. Kite Runner has spent more than five years on The New York Times bestseller list, with more than six million copies printed in the United States and published in 42 different languages. It was also the 2007 LS 100 summer reading assignment for incoming freshman at Mount Union.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is told through the voices of two courageous Muslim women who are swept up in the social and political turmoil happening throughout Afghanistan. Mariam and Laila are both varying ages, but as the escalating dangers continue, they form a sisterly tie and a mother-daughter bond. According to Hosseini’s website, he confronts head on the effects of Afghanistan’s volatile history and evolving ideas about women. It has been published in 40 countries, and is year’s LS 100 summer reading assignment for incoming freshman.
Hosseini was named a U.S. Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency in 2006. Most recently in 2007, he founded The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to provide assistance to the people of Afghanistan and help alleviate suffering and build healthy communities.
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The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled Mount Union to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at the institution and for residents in the greater Alliance area to experience the breadth and depth of American culture.

Past Schooler lecturers have included the late former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford; former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop; former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; former hostage Terry Anderson; Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally; the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page; Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell; former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor; environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.; the Archbishop Desmond Tutu; the late and former moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press Tim Russert; political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin; writer and commentator Fareed Zakaria; humanitarian Greg Mortenson; and astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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