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NY Times' John Burns Talks about Surviving Cancer

September 25, 2008

John BurnsThe Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Presents:
A Conversation on Survivorship

October 23, 2008, 4:00pm
Auditorium E, Norris Cotton Cancer Center, DHMC Main Entrance

John F. Burns, London Bureau Chief of The New York Times
Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College
With a Little Help from My Friends: Surviving Cancer, from Sloan-Kettering to Sarajevo, Kabul and Baghdad

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As part of its commitment to the community, The Friends is proud to present the inaugural lecture in a series called The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Present: Conversations in Survivorship. This annual series of "Conversations" will bring a variety of eminent speakers to the public in an effort to explore all aspects of dealing with cancer, whether as a patient, survivor, researcher, family member and more.

John F. Burns is one of the longest-serving foreign correspondents in The New York Times' history, having worked for more than 30 years covering some of the world's most challenging events: China during the Cultural Revolution, the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime. He spent five years covering every aspect of the war in Iraq before becoming London Bureau Chief in 2007.

On October 23, Burns will talk informally about surviving another challenge, his battle with cancer. His talk-"With a little help from my friends: Surviving cancer, from Sloan-Kettering to Sarajevo, Kabul and Baghdad"-is the first in a series of presentations sponsored by the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center on survivorship. Burns is in residence at Dartmouth this October as a Montgomery Fellow, a program sponsored by the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment to bring thinkers, writers, performers, and leaders to the Dartmouth community. Burns will give a public lecture, "Five Years in Iraq: Which Way Home?" on Tuesday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Filene Auditorium on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover.

Burns has won two Pulitzer prizes, in 1993 for his coverage of the siege and destruction of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, and again in 1997 for his coverage of the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. In 2003, the Committee to Protect Journalists named him winner of the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award, describing him as "the eyes and ears for much of the American public" for his reporting on the military campaign that toppled the Hussein regime in the Times and on an array of American television networks, including PBS's The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, the CBS Evening News, and the morning and evening news show son ABC News, NBC and CNN.

Burns' foreign assignments for The New York Times have included South Africa, from 1976 to 1980, and again in 1989 and 1990, including the period of the Soweto riots that began the unraveling of apartheid, and the release from jail of Nelson Mandela; the Soviet Union, from 1981 to 1984; including the period of President Ronald Reagan's challenge to the Soviet hegemony in Afghanistan and eastern Europe, and the deaths of Soviet leaders Leonid I. Brezhnev and Yuri P. Andropov; China, from 1984 to 1986, the period when Deng Xiao-ping declared the "open door" policy that began China's period of rapid economic growth; Canada, from 1986 to 1989, based in Toronto; Afghanistan from 1989 to 1991, and again from 1994 to 2002; the wars in Croatia and Bosnia, from 1991 to 1994; the Indian subcontinent, based in Delhi, from 1994 to 1998; and Iraq, from 2002 to 2007. Mr. Burns joined The Times in October 1975 as a member of the Metropolitan Desk in New York. In addition to Russian and Chinese, he speaks French and German.

John Burns is in residence at Dartmouth College as a Montgomery Fellow this fall. Established in 1977 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth F. Montgomery (Dartmouth Class of '25), the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Endowment was created "to provide for the advancement of the academic realm of the College in ways that will significantly add to the quality and character thereof, making possible major new dimensions for, as well as extraordinary enrichments to, the educational experience offered primarily to undergraduate students within the Dartmouth community."

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