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The New York Times Military Correspondent Michael Gordon to Speak at Moravian

The New York Times Military Correspondent Michael Gordon to Speak at Moravian

The 24th annual Cohen lecture-- “Global Security Challenges in the 21st Century”

Bethlehem, Pa., October 2, 2007—Moravian College will celebrate the 24th year anniversary of the Cohen Arts and Lecture Series with a presentation by Michael Gordon, Chief Military Correspondent of The New York Times, on Tuesday, October 23 at 8:00 p.m. in Johnston Hall, located on the Moravian College Main Street Campus.  General admission is $15 with proceeds benefiting the Moravian College Scholarship Fund.

Michael R. Gordon is one of the nation's preeminent correspondents on national security. As chief military correspondent for The New York Times, Gordon has reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Balkans, the horn of Africa and other trouble spots throughout the world. He also is the co-author of the national bestseller, Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq. The Economist described the book as "magisterial," and it has profoundly shaped the debate about Donald Rumsfeld’s stewardship of the Pentagon and the Bush Administration’s decision-making policies.

Gordon's exclusive reports and biting analysis are often front-page news in The New York Times. He was at Tora Bora when Osama bin Laden made his escape. He was in Chechnya when the Russian Army leveled Grozny. During the Iraq war, he was the only newspaper correspondent embedded with the allied land war command, a position that gave him an unparalleled view of the planning and execution of the war plan.

Gordon has written extensively about the problems of weapons proliferation and foreign policy. In 1989, he won the coveted George Polk Award for his articles on Libya's chemical weapons program. He has also covered numerous military operations.

In 1994, he co-authored The Generals' War, which Foreign Affairs magazine dubbed the best single volume on the 1991 Persian Gulf War. After finishing his tour as the Times' Moscow Bureau Chief, he produced and hosted the award-winning documentary, Deadlock: Russia’s Forgotten War, for CNN Presents. Narrated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, the film chronicled Gordon’s risky trip into dangerous and highly restricted areas of Chechnya to capture horrific scenes of war and the inhumanity it engenders.

The Cohen Arts and Lecture series have featured a host of outstanding speakers and performers, including Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Tom Friedman; television journalist David Brinkley; folk singer Burl Ives; scientist Carl Sagan; feminist writer and lecturer Gloria Steinem; political analysts Andrea Mitchell, David Gergen, and Tom Wicker; former president Jimmy Carter; pianist Vladimir Feltsman; the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; and the New York Philomusica chamber ensemble; author Kurt Vonnegut; a political panel comprising commentator Cokie Roberts; former New York governor Mario Cuomo; political consultant James Carville, and former governor and presidential chief of staff John Sununu; former ambassador Andrew Young; environmental activist Joseph P. Kennedy II; best-selling author Anna Quindlen; and CNN Crossfire’s Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala. Last year, Richard Leakey, one of the foremost authorities on wildlife and nature conservation, presented “Human Origins and the Survival of the Species.”

The program was established at the college in 1984 through the generosity of Bertha F. (Berte) Cohen ’37 and the late Bernard L. Cohen, to express personal appreciation for their longtime association with the College and the Bethlehem community. Bertha Cohen is a 1937 Moravian graduate and a former member of the college’s board of trustees. Bernard Cohen was a member of the Lehigh University class of 1936.

Proceeds from the Cohen Arts and Lectures Series support the Cohen Arts and Lectures Scholarships awarded to high-achieving full-time Moravian College seniors. More than 50 Moravian students have been recipients of the scholarships.

Tickets for the lecture may be purchased at the HUB desk in the Haupert Union Building, located at the corner of Monocacy and West Locust Streets, or with credit card by phone (610-625-7880) during normal business hours. A free ticket is available for Moravian students, faculty, and staff, emeriti, honoraries, retirees, as well as, LVIAC students, faculty, and staff.  Complementary tickets may be picked up at the HUB desk. For information, call 610-861-1491.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. For more information, visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.