posted February 27, 2006

Journalist to Focus on Conflict in Africa

Award-winning journalist Daniel Bergner will discuss "What Then Shall We Do?: Missionaries, Mercenaries, and Human Rights Workers in Today's Africa" on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m. at Hope College in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Bergner is a staff writer for the "New York Times Magazine" and the author of two books of journalism, "In the Land of Magic Soldiers: A Story of White and Black in West Africa" and "God of the Rodeo: The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison." "In the Land of Magic Soldiers" received an Overseas Press Club Award for international reporting and a Lettre-Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage, and was named a "Los Angeles Times" "Best Book of the Year."

As well as the "New York Times Magazine," Bergner's writing has appeared in "Harper's," "Talk," "Granta" and the "New York Times Book Review," and on the op-ed page of the "New York Times." His story about American evangelicals conducting mission work in Africa was featured on the cover of the January 29 issue of the "New York Times Magazine."

Bergner's visit has been scheduled as a follow-up to the college's fall 2005 Critical Issues Symposium, which examined "From Auschwitz to Darfur: Genocide in the Global Village." His book "In the Land of Magic Soldiers" is among the texts for the interdisciplinary Senior Seminar "Human Rights and Human Values" being taught by Amanda Barton of the college's nursing faculty. In addition to his public address on the evening of March 9, he will also participate in smaller gatherings with Hope students and faculty on Friday, March 10.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located on College Avenue at 12th Street.