(Posted September 23, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Journalist, author and radio commentator Isabel Hilton comes to Juniata College to talk on "Suffering in Paradise: Lessons from the Kashmir and Himalayas" at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Science Center on the Juniata College campus.

The event is free and open to the public.

Hilton is a renowned expert on Chinese affairs and politics, and a journalist and author who has written extensively on the culture and politics of China, Nepal, Tibet and Taiwan, as well as other Asian nations such as India and Afghanistan.

She is a staff writer on The New Yorker magazine and writes a foreign affairs column for the British newspaper The Guardian. She also is host of the BBC radio program "Night Waves."

Hilton's professional career began in 1976 as a reporter for Scottish Television. In 1977 she joined the Sunday Times (of London) newspaper as a feature writer and news reporter. At the Sunday Times, she covered a wide range of foreign affairs, including the Middle East, the United States and Hong Kong. She also covered the Falklands War for the paper from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

She also worked as Latin American editor and European Affairs editor for The Independent newspaper in London from 1986 to 1995. She started her radio career in 1995 as host of the BBC's "The World Tonight."

She also is the author of the 1999 book "The Search for the Panchen Lama," and was a co-author of "The Falklands War" and "The Fourth Reich." She also has appeared in a variety of BBC news documentaries.

Hilton earned a master's degree in Chinese at Edinburgh University and did postgraduate work at the Peking Languages Institute and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.