John Hooper, whose brilliant career in journalism has spanned more than 40 years, kicked off the 2016–2017 Senior Humanities Program on October 24 by visiting classes, delivering an engaging lecture in the Palmer Center, and holding an informal question-and-answer session at Casa Fleming.
Mr. Hooper, who began his storied career by traveling to Biafra at the age of 18 to help make a television documentary on the Nigerian Civil War, currently serves as the Italy correspondent for The Economist and a Contributing Editor of The Guardian. His nuanced address to the senior class focused on his latest book, The Italians, which examines contemporary Italy and the unique character of the Italians. (Click on the video clip above to view the entire lecture.)
Made possible by a CHF 100,000 donation from TASIS parents Michael and Jane Grindfors to the The M. Crist Fleming Endowment for International Understanding and Leadership in 2008 and ongoing financial assistance from generous parents and friends of TASIS, the Senior Humanities Program draws from five of the best elements of the TASIS identity—truth, beauty, goodness, international understanding, and humanitarian action—to provide seniors and postgraduates with a signature educational experience.
Visit the Senior Humanities Program page to learn more about the program and see the remaining lineup of speakers for 2016–2017.