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Ian Buruma

Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights & Journalism at Bard College, NY; Author of Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College in New York. He is the author of Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance. Mr. Buruma writes about a broad range of political and cultural subjects for major publications, most frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, The Financial Times, and The Guardian. He has delivered lectures at various academic and cultural institutions world-wide, including Oxford, Princeton, and Harvard universities. Mr. Buruma was cultural editor of The Far Eastern Economic Review, Hong Kong; and Foreign Editor of The Spectator, London; and has been a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin; the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC; St. Antony's College, Oxford; and Remarque Institute, New York University. In the 1970s, he acted in Kara Juro's Jokyo Gekijo and participated in Maro Akaji's butoh dancing company Dairakudakan, followed by a career in documentary filmmaking and photography in Tokyo. Mr. Buruma was educated in the Netherlands and Japan, where he studied history, Chinese literature, and Japanese cinema.

 

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