Campus: Sonoma State University -- November 30, 2005

"King Leopold's Ghost" Author Comes to SSU

Adam Hochschild, author of the acclaimed "King Leopold's Ghost " and co-founder of Mother Jones magazine talks about his most recent book “Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves,” at Sonoma State University's Evert B. Person Theatre at 10 a.m. on Dec. 13.

His appearance is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Holiday Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

“Bury the Chains” describes the campaign started in 1787 by 12 men - with boycotts, pamphlets, flyers, lobbying, and legal test cases - that two decades later brought an end to the British slave trade. An important, riveting, and masterfully presented account of a movement that became the prototype for all subsequent struggles to abolish social injustices and stand up for human rights.

His previous work - “King Leopold's Ghost: a Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa,” - was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

It also won a J. Anthony Lukas award in the United States, the Lionel Gelber Prize in Canada, and the Duff Cooper Prize in England. His books have been translated into twelve languages and The New York Times Book Review has named three of them Notable Books of the Year.

Contact: Jean Wasp, Media Relations Coordinator, (707) 664-2057

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