Lecture by Delaware Pulitzer Winner David E. Hoffman

By Ciera Fisher on

A generation after the Soviet collapse, what went wrong?

Hear David E. Hoffman address how the United States’ current relationship with Russia was shaped by the Cold War.


David E. Hoffman is Contributing Editor and serves on the editorial board of the Washington Post. He joined the newspaper in 1982, and was a White House correspondent during the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. He was later diplomatic correspondent, and the newspaper’s bureau chief in Jerusalem (1992-1994) and Moscow (1995-2001.) On returning to Washington, he was Foreign editor and then Assistant Managing Editor for Foreign News until 2009.

He is the author of The Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia (PublicAffairs, 2002), The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy (Doubleday, 2009) which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, and The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal (Doubleday, 2015.)

He has been correspondent for three documentary films on public health for the PBS investigative television series FRONTLINE.

He attended the University of Delaware, where he was Editor of The Review, and St Antony’s College, Oxford.

This program is in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of English Journalism Program and made possible by the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council.

The Dead Hand Book Discussion

Where:  Bear Library
When:   Wednesday, April 19th at 7 PM

Mark Bowden, UD Lecturer and English Department Distinguished Writer in Residence, will lead a discussion of David Hoffman’s Pulitzer winning book The Dead Hand.  Books are currently available to borrow from the Bear Library, please visit the information desk.

About the Campfires Initiative

This program is part of the Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Council in celebration of the 2016 centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine their future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

For their generous support for the Campfires Initiative, we thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Pulitzer Prizes Board, and Columbia University.

To learn more about the Pulitzer Prizes Campfires Initiative, please visit their new website: www.pulitzer.org/centennial.


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