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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University February 23, 2004 | Vol. 33 No. 23
Charles Krauthammer, 'Washington Post' Columnist, to Discuss Israel

Nationally syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer will discuss Israel's relations with its neighboring countries in a lecture scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Shriver Hall on the Homewood campus.

"Israel: A Ray of Hope" is intended to promote a dialogue on the shared values of freedom and democracy that connect Israel and the United States. Two Johns Hopkins juniors, Yonina Alexander of Israel and Bita Azhdam of Rockville, Md., are chairing the event.

Krauthammer writes a column in the The Washington Post, which is syndicated in 125 newspapers around the world, and a monthly essay for Time. He also is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard and The New Republic, serves on the editorial boards of The National Interest and The Public Interest, is a weekly panelist on Inside Washington and contributes to Fox News.

Krauthammer's first career was in medicine. He earned his medical degree from Harvard University and was co-discoverer of a form of bipolar disease that continues to be cited in psychiatric literature. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1978 to direct planning in psychiatric research in the Carter administration and at that time began contributing articles to The New Republic.

During the 1980 presidential campaign, he served as a speechwriter for Vice President Walter Mondale and in 1981 joined The New Republic as a writer and editor. His writings for that publication won the 1984 National Magazine Award, the highest award in magazine journalism, for essays and criticism. In 1987, he won a Pulitzer for distinguished commentary for his Washington Post column. In 2001, he was appointed to the President's Council on Bioethics.

"Israel: A Ray of Hope" is sponsored by alumnus Scott Black in conjunction with Hopkins Hillel, an agency of Hillel of Greater Baltimore, which is supported by The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and by Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. Other supporters of the lecture are CHAI, Jim Winter Israel Initiative Fund, Office of the Dean of Student Life at Homewood, FAS, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and the Baltimore Jewish Times.

A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, contact Rachel E. Heimann at 410-516-0333 or


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