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Author of "King Leopold's Ghost" Participates in Class Book Project

September 14, 2002

Adam Hochschild, author of "King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa," will participate in a panel discussion on globalization at Bentley College next week, as part of the college's first-ever Class Book Project.

Hochschild will join Debra Amidon, CEO of global innovation consulting network ENTOVATION International, Inc. and Tom Sleigh, playwright of "Rubber" based on Hochschild's book, to debate the threat of globalization to developing countries. Hochschild will also give a book reading and participate in classroom discussions during his visit on October 2-3.

All first-year students were given a copy of "King Leopold's Ghost" to read over the summer. During their first week on campus, students participated in a discussion about the book, led by panelists from the Congo and Bentley faculty. Throughout the fall semester the book is being discussed in a variety of classes and out-of-the-classroom through discussion groups, an essay contest, a film festival and a web site.

"The intent was to create an intellectual conversation across courses and departments about a book," explained Management Professor Duncan Spelman, who helped organize the project for the Class of 2006.

"King Leopold's Ghost" was selected by a committee of faculty members, in part, because of the wide range of disciplines it touches on, including African history, colonialism, politics, economics and business ethics. Stanford, Cornell and University of Maine, among other universities, also organize class book projects.

Bentley College faculty, staff and upperclassmen have also been involved. Hochschild will speak to a junior year management class studying the impact of technology on the workplace. In addition, more than 100 copies have been sold to Bentley employees and several departments have held discussions about the book during staff meetings.

A summary of the book, a list of related activities and background information on Hochschild is available on the class book web site:

Note to reporters: Author Adam Hochschild may be available for interviews on October 2-3. Duncan Spelman and other faculty members organizing the class book project can be reached through the Media Relations Office at Bentley College.

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