AMHERST, MASS. ó Eminent investigative journalist Seymour M. Hersh delivered the seventh annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture at Hampshire College on November 18, 2004.
Hersh, a regular contributor to The New Yorker, helped bring to light the torture scandal at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He received a Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for breaking the story of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. His journalism prizes also include four George Polk Awards, the National Magazine Award and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting.
He has published eight books, including the current bestseller Chain of Command (September 2004), about the Bush administrationís military actions after September 11, 2001. His book prizes include the 1983 National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times award for biography.
Hersh, who now resides in Washington, D.C., was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago. He has worked for the UPI and AP, the New York Times and as speechwriter and press secretary for the presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy.
The annual Eqbal Ahmad Lecture honors the teaching, scholarship and activism of long-time Hampshire College professor, the late Eqbal Ahmad. Professor Ahmadís faculty colleagues, former students, family and friends from around the globe have joined together to make this lecture series a continuing celebration of his life and work.