Schooler Lecture Featuring Fareed Zakaria to be Held April 14

April 20, 2009

zakariaWriter and commentator Fareed Zakaria will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College on Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at 8 p.m. in the Timken Physical Education Building.

Editor of Newsweek International, columnist and CNN Host, Zakaria, described by Esquire as “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation,” is widely respected for his ability to spot economic and political trends around the world.

Zakaria oversees all of Newsweek’s editions abroad, and his cover stories and columns — on subjects from globalization and emerging markets to the Middle East and America’s role in the world — reach more than 25 million readers weekly. He also is the host of a weekly international news program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, that airs on CNN worldwide.

His new national bestseller, The Post-American World (April 2008), is about the “rise of the rest” — the growth of China, India, Brazil and many other countries — and what it means for the future. His previous bestseller, The Future of Freedom, has been translated into 20 languages and was called "a work of tremendous originality and insight" by The Washington Post.

 Born in India and educated at Yale and Harvard, he has served as an analyst for ABC News, a roundtable member on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and host of Foreign Exchange on PBS. At age 28, he became the youngest managing editor in the history of Foreign Affairs. 

 One of Jon Stewart’s favorite guests on The Daily Show, Zakaria has appeared on Charlie Rose, The NewsHour and BBC World News and written for such publications as The New Yorker and The New York Times. His numerous honors include the Overseas Press Club Award and the Deadline Club Award for Best Columnist.

The Schooler Lecture Series was established in 1988 with grant funding from the Schooler Family Foundation. The Foundation's philanthropy has enabled the College to provide a dramatically enhanced opportunity for young men and women studying at Mount Union College and for the 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, the late astronomer Carl Sagan, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, late former U.N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick, news magazine host Hugh Downs, the late news commentator David Brinkley, former hostage Terry Anderson, Schindler’s List author Thomas Keneally and the late holocaust survivor Leopold Page, Apollo 13 Commander James Lovell, Rabbi Laureate Harold Kushner, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, environmental conservationist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., former president of Poland Lech Walesa, Mount Everest explorer Dr. Beck Weathers, former New York Governor Mario Cuomo, media specialists Cokie and Steven Roberts, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, world-renowned marine biologist Dr. Robert Ballard, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press Tim Russert, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and political analysts James Carville and Mary Matalin.

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