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Politics and Prose – The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria

May 9, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

- $10.00

The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches From Syria

A veteran war correspondent and winner of two Amnesty International Awards and the National Magazine Award, di Giovanni, Newsweek’s Middle East editor and a contributing editor atVanity Fair, has covered the turmoil and civil conflicts in Sarajevo, Lebanon, the Gaza Strip, and Iraq; she’s expanded on her reportage in book-length accounts such as The Quick and the Dead, Madness Visible, and Ghosts by Daylight. In The Morning They Came For Us, she chronicles recent events in Syria. Using seven different perspectives, di Giovanni gives an indelible picture of the ravaged nation as experienced by ordinary citizens including a nun, a doctor, and a student. Their stories vividly convey the realities of modern urban warfare from the pervasive smoke to the hunger to the return of vanquished diseases such as typhus and polio. Currently chief foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times, Lamb has been covering Afghanistan since she was twenty-one—virtually her entire career has been devoted to this war-ravaged nation. She has been named foreign correspondent of the year five times, and her work has earned her various awards, including the Prix Bayeux, Europe’s leading prize for war correspondents. She has covered conflicts across the globe, from Iraq and Libya to the recent refugee crisis, for which she was named journalist of the year by Amnesty International, and she co-wrote I Am Malala with the Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Now in paperback, Farewell Kabul examines the protracted conflict in Afghanistan, exposing a series of errors and miscalculations on the part of the world’s strongest forces that has repeatedly failed to deter a smaller and less formidable opposition.

Barker’s memoir, the basis for the film Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey, covers her eight years of reporting for The Chicago Tribune from Afghanistan and Pakistan, first as a rookie correspondent, then as the paper’s South Asia bureau chief. Now a journalist for The New York Times, Barker has an eye for the telling detail, especially when it paints a darkly absurdist picture. In The Taliban Shuffle, she recounts how she adapted to the unpredictability of a war zone, learning survival skills that included flattering warlords, jump-starting cars with whatever equipment was at hand, and conducting interviews with sexist world leaders. While she soon gained insight into an unfamiliar culture, she laments that many Americans serving in Afghanistan stayed aloof from the people they meant to help.

This event will be moderated by Mary Jordan, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post currently covering the 2016 presidential campaign.  Based abroad for 14 years—in Tokyo, Mexico City and London—she has written articles from nearly 40 countries. Her most recent book, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, was a Number #1 New York Times bestseller.


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