December 16, 1999

Essayist David Bouchier to Speak on "A Short History of the 21st Century" At Brookhaven Lab, January 12

UPTON, NY - David Bouchier, an award-winning essayist for National Public Radio station WSHU, will give a humorous talk, titled "A Short History of the 21st Century," at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, on Wednesday, January 12, at noon in Berkner Hall. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Bouchier will present tongue-in-cheek insights into what he imagines the next century will be like, discussing what people in the past have imagined about it and what, in his opinion, they can realistically expect. His 45-minute talk will be illustrated with slides.

Born in London, David Bouchier has 30 years of experience on both sides of the Atlantic as a journalist, broadcaster, lecturer, editor, book reviewer and freelance writer. He has taught at many universities, including the Univeristy of Essex in England and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Bouchier has lectured widely, and he is a regular instructor at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. He received a Ph.D. from the University of London.

Currently, Bouchier hosts "Sunday Matinee," on WSHU, and he writes a weekly humor column called "Out of Order" for the Sunday Long Island regional section of The New York Times. His most recent book was a collection of essays about life in America, The Accidental Immigrant, published in 1996. A new collection, Only in America, is due to be published in the spring of 2000.

For more information about the lecture, call Brookhaven's Public Affairs Office at (631) 344-2345. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.

The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory creates and operates major facilities available to university, industrial and government personnel for basic and applied research in the physical, biomedical and environmental sciences, and in selected energy technologies. The Laboratory is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates, a not-for-profit research management company, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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