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French journalist and philanthropist Dominique Lapierre to give lecture at Loyola

Loyola press release - March 9, 1999

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans is sponsoring a lecture on March 26, 1999, featuring French journalist and philanthropist Dominique Lapierre. He is the author of seven international best sellers, read by over 100 million readers.

Lapierre's 30-year career in journalism has spanned a wide-range of historical and political subjects from the liberation of Paris after World War II (Is Paris Burning?) to establishment of the State of Israel (O Jerusalem) and including the end of the British rule in India (Freedom at Midnight).

Freedom at Midnight was a major inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film, Gandhi, and was translated into 35 languages, including many local Indian dialects. While researching Freedom at Midnight, Lapierre became an authority on Indian history and met Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

The City of Joy, written after this meeting, has sold over 7.5 million copies and was also made into a film. Mother Teresa profoundly inspired Lapierre to begin his philanthropic mission with leper children from Calcutta. He used royalties from the book and donations from over 200,000 readers to finance his humanitarian works throughout India. Lapierre's memoirs, A Thousand Suns, scheduled to be released in the United States this spring, is already a best seller in France, Spain and Italy. It tells the stories of many famous people who helped to shape the twentieth century, many of whom he has known, including Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Charles DeGaulle and Golda Meir.

The free lecture will be held on Friday, March 26, 1999 at 7 p.m. in Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue. For more information about the lecture, contact The Office of Public Affairs, (504) 861-5888.