Tacoma, Wash. (April 12. 2005) Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International, a regular commentator on ABC, and host of the new PBS program Foreign Exchange will visit the University of Puget Sound campus to speak on The Future of Freedom, Monday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. He is the sixth lecturer in the S.R. Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts Series.

Zakaria is the author of The Future of Freedom: Illiberal Democracy at Home and Abroad (April 2003), a new book on global political trends, and From Wealth to Power, a provocative examination of Americas role on the world stage, which has been translated into several languages. He is co-editor of The American Encounter: The United States and the Making of the Modern World. He also writes a column that appears in the national edition of Newsweek, Newsweek International, and The Washington Post, making it one of the most widely circulated columns of its kind in the world.

An international bestseller, The Future of Freedom, is a global analysis of how democracy has changed every aspect of our lives from economics and technology to politics and social relations. The Washington Post called it, a work of tremendous originality and insight (It) makes you see the world differently.

Zakaria was born in India, has a B.A. from Yale (in history) and a Ph.D. from Harvard (in international relations). In 1992, at the age of 28, Zakaria became managing editor for eight years of Foreign Affairs, the leading journal of international politics and economics.
He recently joined the ABC television show This Week, where he offers political analysis and serves as a regular member of the roundtable. He also appears as an analyst on several other ABC News programs. In addition, he has been a guest on such programs as Charlie Rose, Firing Line, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The McLaughlin Group, BBC World News, and Meet the Press.
Zakaria has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker, and was the wine columnist for the online magazine, Slate. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award, the National Press Clubs Edwin Hood Award, the Deadline Club Award for Best Columnist, and a lifetime achievement award from the South Asian Journalists Association.

The Susan Resneck Pierce Lectures in Public Affairs and the Arts series is named for the president emerita of the University of Puget Sound. It brings intellectuals, writers, and artists to the university to talk about interesting and challenging ideas that will stimulate further exploration and discussion on campus. Poet Laureate of the United States Robert Pinsky, The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, playwright/actor Anna Deavere Smith, and journalist/historian David Halberstam have given previous Pierce lectures.

Tickets to the Zakaria lecture are priced at $8 for the general public. Free tickets are available to Puget Sound students, faculty and staff. All tickets are available at the Wheelock Student Center Information Center. To place a credit card order or for more information, call (253) 879-3419. Tickets also will be available at the door.

Schneebeck Concert Hall is located in the Music Building in the center of the Puget Sound Campus, east of Thompson Hall, which fronts Union Avenue. Parking is available in the Thompson Hall lot or along Union Avenue.