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Journalist, writer Adam Hochschild will give human rights presentation Dec. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Journalist and thirty-year veteran writer Adam Hochschild whose investigative stories have appeared in "The New Yorker," "Mother Jones," and other premier magazines will present a human rights lecture at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Shambaugh Auditorium, located in the University of Iowa Main Library.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Hochschild's latest work, "King Leopold's Ghost," published in 1998, has been creatively mastered as a slideshow "A Forgotten Holocaust and a Forgotten Human Rights Movement," that will be shown as part of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the UI's yearlong human rights celebration.

The slideshow will document the European takeover of the Congo at the beginning of the century. It focuses on King Leopold II, a rich Belgian king who used Congo slave laborers to establish the privately-owned colony. He killed at least 10 million Congolese during his 34-year reign that ended in 1909. The abhorrent practice was exposed by various writers and kept a part of international attention by writers such as Booker T. Washington and Mark Twain.

Hochschild has written five books, most of them tangentially relating to human rights, including the acclaimed "Unquiet Ghosts: Russians Remember Stalin," and "The Mirror at Midnight." He has received numerous awards including the PEN USA and the Overseas Press Club of America.

11/25/98