October 13, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Mark Danner, an acclaimed commentator on politics and foreign policy, will speak on “Power, the Press and the Iraq War: Torture and Human Rights after Abu Ghraib” at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. Funded through the President's Office of Amherst College, Five Colleges Inc., The Department of Legal Studies at UMass, the International Relations Program of Mount Holyoke and Hampshire College's PAWSS, Danner's lecture is free and open to the public.

Danner has been writing on politics and foreign policy, with a focus on wars and conflict, for 25 years. He has covered conflicts throughout the world, including Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East. Since 1990 Danner has been a staff writer at The New Yorker and a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books. His articles have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times and Aperture. He has authored three books: The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War (1994); The Road to Illegitimacy (2004); and Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (2004); as well as forthcoming books on the former Yugoslavia and Haiti. He has received numerous honors, including a National Magazine Award and three Overseas Press Awards. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 1999.

Danner currently serves as a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and as the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights, Democracy and Journalism at Bard College.