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Annual J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia Will Feature Writer Evan Osnos

Mar 03, 2015

Evan-Osnos-2The annual J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia will be held at Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Birdsong Hall's Lindgren Pavilion (106 E. Patrick Street).

Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, will present "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China." This event, which is made possible by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, is free and open to the public. Map and Directions

Osnos' book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, will be available for purchase at 7 p.m. and again after the lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Asian Studies Professor and Director Todd Munson says, "Evan Osnos is one of the great minds covering China right now. He's clear-eyed and perceptive, and gives readers fresh insight into contemporary Chinese society. I know guests will enjoy meeting him."

Evan Osnos
Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Based in Washington D.C., he writes about foreign affairs and politics. He is the author of Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, which won the 2014 National Book award for Non-fiction. Based on eight years of living in Beijing, the book traces the rise of the individual in China, and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism. He was the China Correspondent at The New Yorker from 2008 to 2013. Osnos is a contributor to This American Life on public radio, and Frontline, the PBS series.

Prior to The New Yorker, he worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting.

Osnos is the recipient of the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, and a Mirror Award for profile writing. Before his appointment in China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq.

The J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia
Each spring, the J. Earl Moreland Lecture on Asia brings a distinguished expert to the Randolph-Macon campus for a public lecture. The purpose of the lecture is to create greater student understanding and interest in Asian affairs through direct contact with distinguished scholars and prominent professionals.

The lecture series was established through a generous donation from the late Dr. Lik Kiu Ding '49 to commemorate Dr. J. Earl Moreland, who served as president of Randolph-Macon from 1939-1967.