Dr. David Aikman, author, journalist, college teacher, and United States foreign policy consultant, will speak at Kuyper College on January 21 on the impact of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the civil rights movement.
With a 23-year career at Time Magazine, Aikman reported from five continents and more than 55 countries, focusing especially on Russia, China, and the Middle East. He has interviewed several major world figures including: Mother Teresa, Manuel Noriega, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Pham Van Dong, Boris Yeltsin and Billy Graham. He also speaks a number of languages, including Russian, Chinese, French and German.
After leaving Time Magazine in July of 1994, Aikman devoted himself to book projects and reporting on international events. He has written extensively on religious persecution issues after first-hand reporting in several countries, including Russia, China, Egypt, and Pakistan, with news-breaking visits to all of these countries. His reports and essays have been featured in Foreign Affairs, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Citizen Magazine, as well as several issues of Time Magazine. His cover story "The Laogai Archipelago" in The Weekly Standard has been hailed as one of the most detailed journalistic accounts of China's prison and labor camp system.
Aikman's book Great Souls: Six Who Changed The Century (April 1998) was made into a six-part TV documentary for broadcasting on PBS. Two more recent books by Aikman are A Man Of Faith: The Spiritual Journey Of George W. Bush (April 2004, a best-seller) and Jesus In Beijing: How Christianity Is Transforming China And Changing The World Balance Of Power At Souls (October 2004). His novel QI, the first in a three-part series featuring an American journalist, Richard Ireton, was released in October 2005. The Delusion of Disbelief: Why the New Atheism is a Threat to Your Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness was published in 2008.
Aikman continues to be a commentator on various domestic and international topics on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and the BBC. For a full biography of Dr. Aikman, visit http://www.davidaikman.com