University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

February 8, 2006
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Office of Public Relations, (251) 460-6640

USA Hosts Lecture by Award-Winning Author

The University of South Alabama chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will host a lecture by award-winning author Christopher Dickey at 7 p.m., Monday, March 6, in the John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Dickey will speak on “Deep Deliverance: American Savagery and Survival.”

A successful novelist and journalist, Dickey is currently the Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek Magazine. His lecture at USA will examine the archetypal choice faced by the characters in the best-selling novel “Deliverance” and compare them to the choices made by the U.S. government in the Global War on Terror.

Dickey is the author of five books, including “Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son,” which recounts his relationship with his father, James Dickey, famed poet and author of “Deliverance.” His other books include “With the Contras: A Reporter in the Wilds of Nicaragua,” “Expats: Travels from Tripoli to Tehran,” “Innocent Blood: A Novel,” and his most recent novel, “The Sleeper,” which The New York Times calls “a first-rate thriller.”

Dickey has also written for Foreign Affairs, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Wired, Rolling Stone, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review,

Author Christopher Dickey
                        Christopher Dickey

and The New Republic, among other publications. He is a frequent commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio, as well as other television and radio networks.

Dickey previously worked for The Washington Post as Cairo bureau chief and Central America bureau chief. His “Shadowland” column, about counter-terrorism, espionage and the Middle East, appears weekly on Newsweek Online.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where he was formerly an Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow; of the Overseas Press Club of America; and of the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris.

USA’s Phi Kappa Phi lecture featuring Dickey is free and open to the public. For more information, call (251) 460-6146 or visit the Phi Kappa Phi Web site at

Listen to Christopher Dickey's National Public Radio interview 2/23/06 on "Hamas, Protests and Iran" at: .

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