Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series

Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series

Daniel Pearl graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and went on to work at the Indianapolis Star, the North Adams Transcript, the Berkshire Eagle, the San Francisco Business Times and eventually the Wall Street Journal. In October of 2000, Danny and his wife moved to Bombay, where Danny became the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal. It was from Bombay that Danny covered the "war on terrorism," occasionally venturing into Pakistan.

The world came to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after 9/11. For weeks, millions around the world -- from heads of state, to religious leaders and ordinary people -- rallied for Danny's release. Since then, he has been remembered as a symbol of hope: a man who built bridges between diverse cultures -- as a writer and a gifted musician.

Following his murder, Danny's family and friends established the Daniel Pearl Foundation to carry on his legacy, using music and words to address the root causes of the hatred that took his life. The book "At Home in the World" published in June 2002, features 50 of Danny's best articles, illustrating his curiosity, humor, fairness and his love of humanity. Read some of Danny's Wall Street Journal stories online.

Established in 2002, the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series celebrates the life and memory of Daniel Pearl, a prominent journalist who dedicated his life to bringing joy and understanding to the world. This annual lecture series in Journalism and International Relations is given each year by scholars, journalists or policy makers who have contributed original analyses or constructive approaches to problems of international concern.

About the Daniel Pearl Foundation

The Daniel Pearl Foundation has been formed by Danny's family and friends to continue Danny's mission and to address the root causes of this tragedy, in the spirit, style, and principles that shaped Danny's work and character. These principles include uncompromised objectivity and integrity; insightful and unconventional perspective; tolerance and respect for people of all cultures; unshaken belief in the effectiveness of education and communication; and the love of music, humor, and friendship.

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Previous Presenters of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture

  • 2013-14: Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, "The War on Truth (and what we must do to win it)" (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel)
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  • 2012-13: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice "American Leadership Around the World" (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel)
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  • 2011-2012: David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker. (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel) 
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  • 2010-2011: Leon Wieseltier, "Peace Process or War Process? The Defeat of Reason in the Middle East." (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel) 
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  • 2009-2010: Christopher Hitchens, "Varieties of Anti-Semitism". (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel & the UCLA Hillel Student Association) 
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  • 2008-2009: Anderson Cooper, CNN's AC360°, "A 360° Look at World Events: A Conversation with Anderson Cooper". (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel & the UCLA Hillel Student Association)
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  • 2007-2008: David Brooks, NY Times, "Journalism and World Culture". (This event was co-sponsored by UCLA Hillel)
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  • 2006 - 2007: Ted Koppel, former Anchor/Managing Editor, ABC News' "Nightline." (This event was sponsored by UCLA Hillel.)
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  • 2005 - 2006: Larry King, Journalist/Broadcaster, CNN, "The Art and Science of the Interview: Musings About Everything." (This event was sponsored by UCLA Hillel.)
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  • 2004 - 2005: Jeff Greenfield, Journalist/Broadcaster, CNN, "Beyond Media Bias: Are You Part of the Problem?" (This event was sponsored by UCLA Hillel.)
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  • 2003-2004: Daniel Schorr, Reporter/News Analyst, NPR, "America and the World." (This event was sponsored by UCLA Hillel.)
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  • 2002 - 2003: Thomas Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times, "American Foreign Policy and the Middle East." (This event was sponsored by UCLA Hillel.) 
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