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Prize-winning author presents perspectives on global security, war on terror

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author will present his perspectives on worldwide security issues and the global war on terror as part of Hood College's Shirley Connor Hardinge Global Studies Lecture series.

Steve Coll, a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, will give a lecture entitled Is a Global War on Terror Still Necessary and Will it Ever End? March 20 at 7 p.m. in the College's Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Coll spent 20 years at The Washington Post, where he was a feature writer, foreign correspondent and senior editor before serving as the paper's managing editor from 1998 to 2004. He is the author of seven books on issues of intelligence and national security, and historical accountings of the break up of AT&T, the Security and Exchange Commission's battle with Wall Street in the 1980s and the struggle by two oil companies to take over Getty Oil following J. Paul Getty’s death in 1976. His most recent books include The Bin Ladens and Private Empire, a study of ExxonMobil.

Coll also served from 2007 to 2013 as president and CEO of the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute.

He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes, one for his series about the SEC and the other for Ghost Wars, which details the CIA's involvement in the evolution of the Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the years before the September 11 attacks.

The lecture will be followed by a book signing and a reception.

For more information, contact Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history, at latkovski@hood.edu.