Kidnapped journalist David Rohde to deliver Atkinson Lecture

On Nov. 2, 2010, Willamette University will host Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, David Rohde. He will tell the compelling story of his capture and detention in tribal areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan. For seven months, Rohde witnessed a sprawling Taliban mini-state that brainwashed young Afghan and Pakistani suicide bombers, plotted terrorist attacks and helped shelter Osama bin Laden-with tacit support from Pakistan's military intelligence service.  

Rohde will meet with students for a small group conversation at 4 p.m., followed by media availability from 5-6 p.m. Doors close promptly when the lecture begins at 8 p.m.

Prior to taking leave from The New York Times to write "A Rope and a Prayer," which will be available Nov. 30, Rohde was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has worked at The New York Times since 1996, first as reporter for the metro desk and then as co-chief of the South Asia Bureau. His stories for The Christian Science Monitor on the mass execution of 7,000 Bosnian Muslims won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996.


A limited number of tickets will be offered Oct. 11 with more potentially available Oct. 25, following distribution to the campus community. Tickets are $20 with discounts for alumni and students purchasing additional tickets. The public is encouraged to purchase early to ensure ticket availability. For information, visit the Atkinson Lecture Series website, or call Willamette's information desk at (503) 370-6300.

About the series

The Atkinson Lecture Series comprises a fall and spring lecture, each from an internationally prominent leader, author or actor. Past lecturers include Colin Powell, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Paul Krugman, Benazir Bhutto and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, among many others.