Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Public Intellectuals,” Christopher Hitchens, Discusses Hitch 22: A Memoir at Aspen Institute

June 23, 2010

Contact: Cristal Logan
Community Outreach Director, The Aspen Institute
(970) 544-7929;

Presented by the McCloskey Speakers Series

Aspen, CO, June 23, 2010 –– The 2010 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will host Christopher Hitchens, author of Hitch-22 in conversation with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson. The event will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $15 each and will go on sale on June 29 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.  This event replaces the event previously planned with Dr. Dambisa Moyo.  

Christopher Hitchens will discuss his new book, Hitch 22: A Memoir in which he describes his travels to Havana, Prague, Afghanistan, and Iraq. There, he hobnobs with politicians and poets and tests himself by being waterboarded.

Christopher Hitchens writes for Slate and The Daily Mirror and is a contributing editor to The Atlantic and Vanity Fair. He is the author of more than ten books and a New York Times best-seller. As an American and British citizen, he has written for both American and English periodicals such as The Nation, The London Review of Books, Granta, Harper’s, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, Newsweek International, and The Washington Post. Hitchens received his degree in philosophy, politics, and economics at Balliol College, Oxford in 1970 and currently resides in Washington, DC. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Pittsburgh; and the New School of Social Research.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at 970-920-5770 or in person at the Wheeler Opera House. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Beth Slater at 970-544-7914 or, call the information hotline at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include:

July 20 – Dan Pink, Author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 6

July 28 – Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 14

August 3 – Ambassador Peter Galbraith, former UN Deputy Special Representative for
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 20

August 10 – Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in conversation with Walter Isaacson
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Greenwald Pavilion, Tickets on sale July 27

Event details subject to change.  Please visit for updates or call our events hotline at 970/544-7970.

The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners.


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