Thursday, October 29, 2020

30th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture featuring Mike Thomson, author “Syria’s Secret Library”

JOIN US for the 30th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture with BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Presenter and Author Mike Thomson, author Syria’s Secret Library: Reading and Redemption in a Town Under Siege (Public Affairs 2019) 

16 November 2020; 12:00-1:30 pm CT 

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ABOUT MIKE THOMSON: Mike Thomson is one of the BBC’s most distinguished and experienced World Affairs correspondents. During his career, he has interviewed many military and political leaders including Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, Joseph Kabila, King Hussein, Meles Zenawi and most recently the Liberian President, George Weah. His agenda-setting reporting has taken him to many of the world’s biggest trouble spots. These range from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to Somalia, Eastern DR Congo, Darfur and the FARC controlled jungles of Colombia. Mike has won more than twenty major awards for his work. These include: News Journalist of the Year (Sony Radio Academy 2012); Broadcast Journalist of the Year (One World Media Awards 2008) and War Correspondent of the Year (Prix Bayeux Calvados Awards 2008-Radio) These prestigious prizes are in addition to four Amnesty International Media Awards (three of them in consecutive years), five Sony Radio Academy Awards and four Foreign Press Association Awards. Mike is also a renowned BBC presenter, Editor of: The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from ‘Islamic State’ (Hutchinson 2017) and author of Syria’s Secret Library (Orion 2017 and 2019; Public Affairs 2019). 

 CO-SPONSORED BY: Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department of Journalism, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Mortenson Center for International Library Programs School of Information Sciences University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

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