A Tribute to Christopher Hitchens, 1949 - 2011



Wednesday, April 19

9:00 pm HST Among the Dead Cities
Among the Dead Cities: The History and Moral Legacy of the WWII Bombing of Civilians in Germany and Japan

In Among the Dead Cities author A.C. Grayling examines the morality of Allied air attacks on civilians during WWII. He is joined by Christopher Hitchens, the author of Love, Poverty, and War: Journeys and Essays to debate whether the targeting of civilians can be justified in times of war. This event was hosted by the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC.

A.C. Grayling is professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and the author of Meditations for the Humanist.

Monday, October 19

12:00 am HST Stephen Fry & Christopher Hitchens on the Catholic Church     Watch On-Demand
Due to incredible popular demand, Intelligence² is proud to announce it will be live-streaming its highly anticipated conversation between Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry live on the web thanks to FORA.tv.


Christopher Hitchens in Conversation with Stephen Fry

In this special event for Intelligence², Hitchens will be in conversation via satellite in Washington D.C. with his friend Stephen Fry who will be onstage at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, in front of a sell-out audience of 2,500. This will be an unmissable opportunity to hear one of the great public intellectuals of our age discuss politics, literature and, as Hitchens puts it, 'the things that make life worth defending -- foes like faith and false consolation'.

Tuesday, June 8


12:00 am HST 92Y: Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie     Watch On-Demand
Introduced by Graydon Carter at the 92nd Street Y, Jun 8, 2010, Hitchens was interviewed by Salman Rushdie. They spoke of Hitchens' searing memoir entitled Hitch 22 that lays bare the many contradictions in his life and affirms his conviction that all things personal are also political.

Christopher Hitchens is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School. He is the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Teresa, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Henry Kissinger and his #1 New York Times bestseller and National Book Award nominee, God Is Not Great.

Wednesday, July 8

9:00 pm HST Axis of Evil: Christopher Hitchens     Watch On-Demand
Acclaimed writer and political scholar Christopher Hitchens may just be the only writer to have recently visited Iran, Iraq and North Korea. Hitchens - known for his keen wit, sharp political insight and often controversial opinions - examines the differences between the countries once linked as the "axis of evil," while revealing intriguing connections between the nations.

Wednesday, May 9

9:00 pm HST Christopher Hitchens at Politics and Prose     Watch On-Demand
Christopher Hitchens speaks about his new book God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Hitchens, an always colorful and sometimes outrageous commentator, now takes aim at God. Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have tried, but that hard-to-hit Fellow keeps popping back up. Worse still are the violent ways of his flock: waging religious warfare, keeping women enslaved, fomenting universal hatreds. Hitchens makes a powerful case for atheism - Politics and Prose

Tuesday, September 21

9:00 pm HST Is Obama's Foreign Policy Working?     Watch On-Demand
This debate, moderated by political writer and analyst Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast), features Christopher Hitchens and George Packer.

The panel discusses America's position in, and relationship to, the rest of the world under Obama -- and whether or not his foreign policy has been effective.

Thursday, May 20

9:00 pm HST Barack Obama: No He Can't?     Watch On-Demand
A year and a half after Barack Obama's historic election, can we still believe in hope and change?

In this lively session from the 2010 Sydney Writers Festival, three heavyweight America-watchers examine the unfolding legacy of the Obama administration.

Why has the "President for Peace" pulled out of Iraq only to increase troops in Afghanistan? Banks have been bailed out, but what about the people? Has Obama failed to live up to the lofty promises of his campaign? Or, were the expectations of a nation keen for renewal simply too much, maybe impossible, to fulfill?

The panel includes journalist Anne Davies and writers Don Watson and Christopher Hitchens. The moderator is Geoffrey Garrett from the United States Studies Centre.

Thursday, June 3

9:00 pm HST Christopher Hitchens: Some Confessions and Contradictions     Watch On-Demand
Christopher Hitchens, tackling nearly everything with unmatched enthusiasm, erudition and, at times venom, has up to now barely touched upon one subject: his own life.

After many years writing about world issues and traveling to some of the most dangerous places on the planet, comes his memoir Hitch-22. Though Hitchens can navigate any argument with great dexterity, his memoir focuses on those whom he has loved, those he has abhorred, and those who have helped shape him throughout his life. The memoir answers this question: How the hell did Christopher Hitchens become Christopher Hitchens?

With tenderness he writes about his parents -- his mother Yvonne, in particular, "a beautiful woman who loves me" and about his father, Commander Hitchens, whose "liver was that of a hero." In a form that is anything but shy, Hitchens describes his complex and warm relationship with his mother, whose Jewish heritage he discovered only after her suicide.

The memoir naturally touches upon friendships, both lost and found over the course of his life. Hitchens' many sketches of friendships and ex-friendships from Martin Amis to Noam Chomsky, Edward Said to Gore Vidal are delivered in a style that is at once ironic, witty and tough-minded. A legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for literature, Hitchens has at times ridiculed those who claim the personal is political, even though he has often seemed to illustrate that very idea.

Paul Holdengräber, in conversation with Hitchens, will goad him to help bring into focus the many sides of Hitch, thereby illustrating Robert Frost's dictum that "a liberal is a man too broad-minded to take his own side in a quarrel."

Courtesy of The New York Public Library


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Tuesday, July 28

9:00 pm HST Uncommon Knowledge: Christopher Hitchens, William Buckley     Watch On-Demand
What happened in 1968 and why? From a bloody war in Vietnam to a bloody struggle for equality in our nation's streets, what is the legacy of '68? William F. Buckley, Jr., late Editor-at-large at the National Review, and Christopher Hitchens, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair chose opposing sides that year and now take a look back, explaining the rights and wrongs of the Right and the Left and their personal triumphs and regrets.

Monday, July 27

9:00 pm HST Uncommon Knowledge: Christopher Hitchens & Robert Service     Watch On-Demand
Leon Trotsky, one of the leading figures of the Russian October Revolution, remains a controversial figure. For many, Trotsky's assassination in Mexico marked a tragedy in Soviet history, cutting off the possibility of a humane version of communism taking hold in Russia, with Trotsky himself arguing that he would have held back the tides of arbitrary rule and terror. But is that so? In answering this question and others about Trotsky's ideas, political defeat, and exile, Hitchens and Service speak to the very nature of communist ideology.

Sunday, September 17


9:00 pm HST Constitutional Issues After 9/11
Constitutional Issues After 9/11

Panelists talk about constitutional issues and U.S. foreign policy following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. Among the topics they address are threats posed by terrorists and Islamic extremists, U.S. policy in Iraq and the Middle East, various other threats to U.S. interests overseas, and promotion of democracy in the Muslim world. Following their remarks they answer questions from the audience.

The panel was part of the Claremont Institute 2006 Constitution Day Conference at the Renaissance-Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, October 10

9:00 pm HST Christopher Hitchens Debates Alister McGrath     Watch On-Demand
Poison or Cure? Religious Belief in the Modern World

A debate, dialogue, and discussion with Christopher Hitchens and Alister McGrath.

The Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University host a debate between writer Christopher Hitchens and Oxford University professor Alister McGrath on the role of religious belief in the modern world.

Tuesday, July 8

9:00 pm HST Uncommon Knowledge: Hitchens and Hanson     Watch On-Demand
Victor Davis Hanson and Christopher Hitchens take on the World War II revisionists, focusing first on Patrick J. Buchanan, the author, most recently, of Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War.

They counter the essential claims in Buchanan’s book that Britain’s guarantee to protect Poland in the event of a German invasion made the war inevitable; that the Holocaust was a consequence of the war and that, without it, the Holocaust may not have occurred; and that Germany invaded Russia only because Britain under Churchill was determined to partner with Russia against Germany.

Finally they address two claims made by author Niall Ferguson that "[the Allies] adopted the most brutal tactics of those they were fighting" and that the principal beneficiary of the Second World War was Stalin's Soviet Union
- Hoover Institution

Saturday, June 14

9:00 pm HST Hitchens, Winstead and Others on Pop Culture Politics
A question and answer session of the behavioral presentations.

Sunday, May 6

9:00 pm HST Al Sharpton and Christopher Hitchens     Watch On-Demand
A Debate: God Is Not Great with Al Sharpton and Christopher Hitchens.

Taking on possibly the greatest issue of our time - the malignant force of religion in the world - Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion through a close and learned reading of the major religious texts, citing numerous historical instances in which sexual repression and outrageous acts of violence have been committed in the name of God. He argues for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which hell is replaced by the Hubble telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

Join The New York Public Library as the Reverand Al Sharpton and author Christopher Hitchens debate faith, religion and God.

Wednesday, August 22

9:00 pm HST Uncommon Knowledge: Christopher Hitchens     Watch On-Demand
Christopher Hitchens On Iraq

This program is part of the Hoover Institution's interview series, Uncommon Knowledge.

What is the situation on the ground in Iraq - militarily and politically? Should the United States stay or withdraw, and what would be the consequences of each? Christopher Hitchens, one of the war's most ardent supporters, analyzes the current battle taking place in America over the direction and management of this most divisive of wars and argues that it is imperative that America stand by its commitment to the people of Iraq - Hoover Institution

Tuesday, May 22

9:00 pm HST Backstage Interview w/Christopher Hitchens     Watch On-Demand
Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything, sits down for an interview with Brian Gruber, President and CEO of FORA.tv, backstage before a City Arts & Lectures event at Herbst Theatre.

About this series

The FORA.tv community celebrates the life of one of our favorite speakers: the great Christopher Hitchens. No one embodied the spirit of fearless inquiry and open, informed public discourse more than Christopher Hitchens. We are deeply saddened by his passing.

Our Tribute to Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) provides a dedicated series of videos featuring the life and legacy of one of the most prominent public
intellectuals of our time.