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Seymour Hersh, Author of The Dark Side of Camelot, Will Discuss 'An End to the Kennedy Myth'

December 1, 1997

seymour-hersh.jpgDecember 1, 1997, Greencastle, Ind. - For more than three decades, the public has been fascinated by the life of President John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. Seymour M. Hersh, author of the current best-selling and controversial book, The Dark Side of Camelot, will speak about "An End to the Kennedy Myth" on Tuesday, December 9, at DePauw University. Hersh will speak at 7 p.m. in DePauw's Center for Contemporary Media, Watson Forum. Part of the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture Series, it is open and free to the public.

Moderating the event will be Ken Bode, John D. Hughes University Professor at DePauw and moderator of PBS' Washington Week in Review. There will be an opportunity for questions throughout the event.

In his new book, Hersh provides details about the alleged Kennedy family ties to organized crime and tales of marital infidelity, while also profiling a president "whose personal weaknesses limited his ability to carry out his duties as president." Hersh tells the story of how Kennedy's personal recklessness ultimately put a nation at risk.Seymour Hersh Camelot.jpg

A Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Hersh has written six books, including: The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award; The Target Is Destroyed: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew About It and The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and America's Foreign Policy.

In 1969, as a freelance journalist, Hersh wrote the first account of the My Lai massacre in South Vietnam. During the 1970s, he worked at the New York Times in Washington and New York, and he has rejoined the paper twice on special assignment. He has won more than a dozen major journalism prizes, including the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting and four George Polk Awards.

Endowed by Timothy and Sharon Ubben, both 1958 graduates of DePauw, the Ubben Lecture Series is designed to bring the world's top leaders, thinkers and creative minds to the Greencastle campus. See a list of all Ubben Lecturers by clicking here.

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