Roy Gutman, 2002-03 Weissberg Chair
Roy Gutman, diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, filled the Marvin Weissberg Chair in International Studies for the 2002-03 academic year.
As one of 15 senior fellows from around the world at the U.S. Institute of Peace, he focused his research on "International Humanitarian Law and the Media: The Case of Afghanistan." The Institute is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created in 1984 by Congress to strengthen the United States capacity to promote peaceful resolution of international conflict.
Mr. Gutman’s reports from Bosnia-Herzegovina in the early 1990s were the first documented accounts of Serb-run concentration camps and earned him a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. Prior to joining Newsweek, he had been with Newsday, where he covered foreign affairs in Washington and served as European bureau chief. Prior to that, he served Reuters News Service in Bonn, Vienna, Belgrade and Washington, D.C.
A graduate of Haverford College in History and the London School of Economics in international relations, he is the author of two books, Banana Diplomacy, which examines American policy in Nicaragua, and A Witness to Genocide, about ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. He is the co-editor of Crimes of War in which a distinguished group of war correspondents define the concepts addressed by international laws of war such as aggression, genocide, and just and unjust wars, before exploring the particular violations of these laws such as biological experimentation, children as soldiers and the use of chemical weapons.
In addition to the Pulitzer, he has received numerous awards for his work, including the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, and the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting.
During his week-long visit in November, one of the most anticipated events on the College’s academic calendar, he presented a major public address, participated in a panel discussion with noted authors and scholars, and meet formally and informally with students and special groups.
Mr. Gutman returned to campus in 2008 to deliver the inaugural Marvin Weissberg Lecture in International Human Rights. These lectures are made possible by a generous donation from the Weissberg Foundation as part of the Weissberg Human Rights Program at Beloit College.