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Ian Buruma
Ian Buruma2008 winner of the Erasmus Prize


Humanities Lecture Series

Wed., Apr. 2, 2008, 7:30pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
This event is free and open to the public.

Ian Buruma, a celebrated author, journalist and cultural commentator, was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied history, Chinese literature and Japanese cinema. In 1970s Tokyo, he acted in Kara Juro?s Jokyo Gekijo and participated in Maro Akaji?s butoh dance company Dairakudakan before beginning a career in documentary filmmaking and photography. In the 1980s, he worked as a journalist and spent much of his early writing career traveling and reporting from all over Asia.

Buruma was awarded the 2008 Erasmus Prize. The Erasmus Prize is awarded to a person or institution which has made an exceptionally important contribution to culture in Europe by The Board of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation (Amsterdam).

Buruma is the author of numerous books including Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006) which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Current Interest Book. He also writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications including The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Financial Times and is currently the Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

The Frances and Floyd Horowitz Lecture devoted to issues related to our multi-cultural society.


The Humanities Lecture Series, begun in 1947, is the oldest continuing series at the University of Kansas and one of the most distinguished lecture series in the Midwest. The goal of the series is to bring scholars and artists to campus whose work encompasses or redefines central problems in the humanities, and who can frame their intellectual concerns so as to reach a multi-disciplinary audience including students, faculty and interested community members.

The Series is presented by The Hall Center for the Humanities. For more information about the Hall Center or the Lecture Series, contact us at (785) 864-4798 or hallcenter@ku.edu or visit our web site at www.hallcenter.ku.edu.
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