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Pulitzer Prize-winner to lecture on China

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Ian Johnson will discuss the rise of religion in China as part of a lecture series benefiting the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Ian Johnson will discuss the rise of religion in China as part of a lecture series benefiting the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USF.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Ian Johnson will give lecture on the religious awakening under way in China from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday (Oct. 16) at Centro Asturiano, 1913 N Nebraska Ave.

Johnson, who won a Pulitzer in 2001 for his coverage of the suppression of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, was invited to speak as part of the Fall Distinguished Lecture Series sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of South Florida.

His lecture is titled "China's Great Awakening: Why the World's Most Populous Country is Undergoing a Religious Revival and What It Means For Us."

Johnson has spent more than half of the past 30-plus years in China, first as a student in Beijing from 1984 to 1985, then in Taipei from 1986 to 1988. He later worked as a newspaper correspondent in China, from 1994 to 1996 with the Baltimore Sun, and from 1997 to 2001 with the Wall Street Journal, where he covered macroeconomics, China's accession to the World Trade Organization and social issues.

He is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and the New York Times, among other publications. Johnson's newest book, The Souls of China, focuses on the intersection between politics and religion.

He teaches undergraduates at the Beijing Center for Chinese Studies, where he also runs a fellowship program. In addition, he formally advises a variety of academic journals and think tanks on China, such as the Journal of Asian Studies, the Berlin-based think tank MERICS, and New York University's Center for Religion and Media.

The event benefits the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's Annual Fund and has a suggested minimum donation of $20. For more information, contact Joseph McAuliffe at (813) 974-5166 or

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