A talk and book signing by New York Times Middle
East bureau chief and author Chris Hedges on Jan. 28 will kick
off Emory’s series on “War, Power and Non-Violence:
Resolving Conflict in the Modern World.”
Presented by the Institute for Comparative and Internati-onal Studies
(ICIS), the series includes lectures, discussions and video screenings
by notable participants in conflict resolution from diverse perspectives.
Some of the questions to be addressed include: Why do we go to
war? What role does media coverage play? How can we achieve social
and political change without violence?
Other major public events in the series are a Feb. 12 talk by Omar al-Issawi,
founder of the Al-Jazeera television network; a Feb. 24 panel discussion and
screening of the film A Force More Powerful; and a March 18 discussion with Eason
Jordan, chief news executive for CNN.
Hedges will discuss his book, War is the Force That Gives Us Meaning, a social-psychological
assessment of the reasons we embrace the horrors of war. The event will be held
at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Woodruff Library’s Jones Room.
Hedges will speak about the insight gained from his experiences as a reporter
and as an Iraqi prisoner of war. He also is the author of the recent Q&A-style
book, What Every Person Should Know About War, and was part of the Times team
that received a Pulitzer Prize last year for reporting on global terrorism.
Al-Issawi will address the topic, “Toward a New Middle East: The View from
Al-Jazeera,” on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Cannon Chapel. A founder
of and reporter for Al- Jazeera, the satellite news operation serving the Arabic-speaking
world, al-Issawi previously worked for the BBC and has covered events in Yemen,
Sudan, Afghanistan, Croatia and elsewhere. In 1995 he and some colleagues came
under attack while covering the assault on Krajina in the Balkans. A BBC reporter
was killed; al-Issawi was shot and wounded.
Born in Kuwait to Lebanese parents, al-Issawi attended college in Iowa and Virginia.
He began his media career working for radio stations in Lebanon and for Net TV
and Future TV in Beirut. He also produces documentaries for Al-Jazeera, including
a heralded 15-part series on the war in Lebanon.
The panel discussion and screening of A Force More
Powerful will feature the film’s executive producer, Jack
DuVall, in conversation with others involved in nonviolent conflict
resolution. The 1999 film is an award-winning, critically acclaimed
documentary and has been shown at film festivals in London, Houston,
Seattle and other cities. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday,
Feb. 24, in 208 White Hall.
Jordan will discuss “Inside CNN: ‘Foreign’ is a Banned Word” on
Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in 208 White Hall. Jordan is executive vice president
and chair of the CNN editorial board, and he provides strategic advice to the
network’s senior management team. Jordan’s global portfolio includes
managing CNN’s editorial relationships with international affiliates, governments
and major newspapers. He oversees the network’s World Report Conference
and its International Professional Program.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information on events
in the series, call 404-712-9294.