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Edwin Black, author of "Banking on Baghdad," will speak in Dawson Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 12:15 p.m., as part of the Convocation speaker series.

Edwin Black is an award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling investigative author. He wrote "IBM and the Holocaust," "The Transfer Agreement," "War Against the Weak," and the novel "Format C:."

In "Banking on Baghdad," his most recent book, Black chronicles the dramatic and tragic history of a land long the center of world commerce and conflict. Tracing the involvement of Western governments and militaries, as well as oil, banking, and other corporate interests, Black pinpoints why today, just as throughout modern history, the world needs Iraq's resources- and remains determined to acquire and protect them. "Banking on Baghdad" almost painfully documents the many ways Iraq's recent history mirrors its tumultuous past.

In the past several years, Black has won numerous prestigious awards. In 2004, he won the coveted Rockower Award for Investigative Journalism. Editors have nominated Black for the Pulitzer Prize eight times, the most recently for "Banking on Baghdad." Black's enterprise writing has appeared in dozens of newspapers across the United States and Europe, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times.

Dawson Auditorium is located on Charles Street. (campus map)

posted by Rebekah Hoffman '07