"Vanity Fair" contributing
editor Christopher Hitchens and Pulitzer Prize nominee Michael Parenti participated in a debate titled "Iraq and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy"
April 18 at Wesleyan’s Memorial Chapel.
Hitchens is an
Oxford-educated self-described liberal who has become a supporter of U.S.
intervention in Iraq. A former columnist for The Nation and book critic for
Newsday, he is now a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine. His books
include "Hostage to History: Cyprus From the Ottomans to Kissinger" and his
most recent, "Love, Poverty and War: Journeys and Essays."
Parenti, a Yale graduate,
has been a persistent critic of U.S. foreign policy for over 25 years and
strongly opposed to the invasion and occupation of Iraq. His most recent
book, "Superpatriotism," explores the cultural dynamics that underpin
America's approach to foreign policy in recent years. He has reportedly
written over 250 articles for scholarly journals, periodicals and
The presentation was
sponsored by Wesleyan's Office of the President, the Sociology and
Government departments, WESU 88.1FM, WesPeace, the United Student Labor
Action Coalition and the Muslim Students Association.