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Tales from the Front Lines: Reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan Dexter Filkins at UC Santa Barbara

Dexter Filkins (The New Yorker, author of The Forever War)

When: Wednesday, January 16, 8:00 PM
Location: Campbell Hall, UC Santa Barbara


Dexter Filkins is one of the most respected combat journalists of his generation. His 2008 book, The Forever War, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time and the Boston Globe. As part of a team of New York Times reporters, Filkins won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this lecture, he will retrace the seven years he spent covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, using vivid images by some of the best photojournalists working today. Filkins’ intimate knowledge of many of the main actors – American, Iraqi and Afghan – in two of the most polarizing wars in American history gives him a unique perspective on these contemporary conflicts.

Copies of The Forever War will be available for purchase and signing
at the event, courtesy of Chaucer’s Books.

Sponsored by the IHC series Fallout: In the Aftermath of War and the
IHC Harry Girvetz Memorial Endowment.

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