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Fall Term Montgomery Fellows

Joan Didion, John Abizaid, and John Burns to visit campus

This October, Dartmouth will host three Montgomery Fellows, sponsored by the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment. The program, established in 1977, brings thinkers, writers, performers, and leaders to campus where students frequently have the chance to interact with them face-to-face.

The program is also transitioning to new leadership. Susan DeBevoise Wright, who has directed the Montgomery Endowment for the last five years, will step down when the fall program concludes. Richard Stamelman, professor emeritus of comparative literature and Romance languages at Williams College and a visiting professor of comparative literature at Dartmouth, will assume the executive directorship at that time.

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Joan Didion
John Abizaid
John Burns
Joan Didion, author, essayist, and screenwriter, will be in residence from October 6 through 8. Her works include the National Book Award-winning memoir The Year of Magical Thinking (2005), which she adapted for Broadway in 2007. She will give a public lecture, "An Afternoon with Joan Didion," on Tuesday, October 7, at 4:30 p.m., followed by a book signing.

The next fellow will be John Abizaid, retired general of the U.S. Army and former commander of the United States Central Command, which includes much of the Middle East. Abizaid will be in residence from October 13 until October 16. On Tuesday, October 14, at 4:30 p.m., he will give a public lecture on "The United States and the Middle East: Strategic Choices for the Way Ahead."

From October 20 through 31, John Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has headed several news bureaus for The New York Times, including his current posting as London bureau chief, will be in residence at Dartmouth. He will give a public lecture, "Five Years in Iraq: Which Way Home?" on Tuesday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m.

All lectures will be held in Filene Auditorium in Moore Hall. Call 646-4062 for more information.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08