Hitchens vs Hitchens: Live webcast on April 3, 2008
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Hitchens vs. Hitchens: On God, War, Politics, and Culture

Hitchens vs Hitchens: Live webcast April 3, 2008, 7:30pm

Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain
St. SE in Grand Rapids. Tickets are $15, available through
http://www.startickets.com, keyword: “Hitchens” and at Meijer stores.

Student tickets are available for free by visiting the Hauenstein Center office on the GVSU downtown campus. Bring your student ID. Limit 2 tickets per student.

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For Immediate Release
March 14, 2008

Contact: Dottie Barnes, (616) 331-2221, GVSU News and Information
Services

Hitchens vs. Hitchens
Brothers square off over God, politics and culture

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Brothers Christopher and Peter Hitchens, both
journalists and authors, couldn’t be more different and are bitterly
divided. A friend to both said, “one is a conservative,
traditionalist, church-going Anglican; the other a liberal, louche,
drinking-and-smoking atheist.” The brothers, throughout a long
estrangement and recent reconciliation, have clashed in print on many
issues.

Christopher, who works in Washington, D.C., has written 20 books
including scathing critiques of Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton and Mother
Teresa. Most recently, he wrote a book on atheism, God is Not Great: How
Religion Poisons Everything. Younger brother Peter works in England as a
columnist for the Mail on Sunday. He is author of The Abolition of
Britain and The Abolition of Liberty.

Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center for Presidential
Studies and the Center for Inquiry will bring the two together on a
stage for the first time to debate numerous issues, from religion to
Iraq.

“Come watch the intellectual firepower of these two brothers once
they start to mix it up,” said Gleaves Whitney, director of the
Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. “We are bringing them
together on the same stage for the first time ever in the U.S. Seeing
these two in action should prod us to re-examine our positions on U.S.
foreign policy, the Bush administration, and the influence of religious
institutions on public life.”

Hitchens vs. Hitchens: On God, War, Politics, and Culture will take place
Thursday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain
St. SE in Grand Rapids. Tickets are $15, available through
http://www.startickets.com, keyword: “Hitchens.”

BACKGROUND
Peter Hitchens is a British journalist, author and broadcaster. A
reporter for the Daily Express for most of his career, he left the paper
in 2001 and currently writes for the Mail on Sunday. He is the younger
brother of Christopher Hitchens.
Peter was educated at The Leys School, Oxford College of Further
Education, and the University of York. Although raised as an Anglican,
Peter learned that his mother, who had committed suicide when he was in
his twenties, was of partly Jewish ancestry. Peter is a confirmed and
communicant member of the Church of England.

Christopher Hitchens is a British-American author, journalist and
literary critic. Currently living in Washington, D.C., he has been a
columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, World Affairs, The Nation,
Slate, Free Inquiry and a variety of other media outlets. Christopher is
also a political activist, whose best-selling books have made him a
staple of talk shows and lecture circuits.
He is known for his ardent admiration of George Orwell, Thomas Paine
and Thomas Jefferson, and for his excoriating critiques of Mother
Teresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill Clinton.
Christopher is an outspoken atheist and describes himself as a believer
in the Enlightenment values of secularism, humanism and reason. God Is
Not Great is his recent best-selling book.

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Center for Inquiry | Michigan

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/michigan
jseaver@centerforinquiry.net

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