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The following is a list of speakers for the Spring 2015 Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia.


   
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Wednesday, February 4, 7:00 p.m.
Hedrick Smith: Author, Winner of Pulitzer Prize

Who Stole the American Dream? (published 2012) - Remarkable account of how “we have become two Americas…divided by power, money, and ideology”; Smith traces “the dissolution of American democra-cy.”

Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter and editor and Emmy award-winning producer/correspondent, is one of America’s most distinguished journalists.

   
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Tuesday, February 24, 7:00 p.m.
Jennifer Clement: Author, Awarded National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, President of PEN Mexico

Prayers for the Stolen (published 2014) - is a stunning portrait of women in rural Mexico, especially young women stolen and trafficked by drug lords. The novel is based on hun-dreds of interviews of Mexican women over many years.

“A beautiful, heartrending novel, Prayers for the Sto-len is a powerful read.” - Wall Street Journal

Jennifer Clement is the recipient of the National En-dowment of the Arts Fellowship and the Sara Curry Humanitarian Award. She was the President of PEN Mexico; her work focused on the disappearance and killing of journalists.

   
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Tuesday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
Anya Schiffrin: Author/editor Director, Media and Communications, School of International Affairs, Columbia University

Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (published 2014) - Labor abuses, corruption, oil and mining, environ-ment, famine, military and police, and women: ritual killings, sex slaves, and genital cutting— some topics covered in Global Muckraking.

Schiffrin, Director of Media and Communications, School of International Affairs, Columbia University, worked 10 years as a journalist in Asia & Europe. Her focus is Media, Human Rights, and Social Change.

   
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Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Jennifer Nordberg: Author Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting & recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Award in Journalism for documentary on Afghan women

The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan (published in 2014) - Nordberg charts the journey of Afghanistan girls raised as boys through childhood; after puberty, these girls return to the female roles of wives and mothers - the bacha posh tradition.

“Nordberg reveals an astonishingly clear picture of this resourceful , if imperfect, solution to the problem of girl-hood in a society where women have few rights and overwhelming restrictions.” - Boston Globe

Nordberg received the Pulitzer Prize for National Re-porting and the Robert F. Kennedy Award in Journalism for her documentary on Afghan women.

   
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Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 p.m.
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed: Author The Thistle and the Drone (2013) - awarded 2014 German Peace Prize. Chair-Islamic Studies, American University; former Pakistani Ambassador to UK. Kingdom

Author of The Thistle and the Drone - published in 2013 . World-renowned scholar, Ahmed draws on 40 case studies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia to reveal the often unrecognized adverse effects of campaigns on the war against terror.

He was awarded the 2014 German Peace Prize. Dr. Ahmed is the Chair of Islamic Studies, American University and former Pakistani Ambassador to UK.

   
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Wednesday, May 6, 7:00 p.m.
Brian McNeill: Renowned musician International Scottish musician and singer, who plays over five instruments

Rousing political protests and traditional Scottish and Appalachian ballads will fill the evening with song. McNeill’s joy and enthusiasm are contagious--the audience will be compelled to sing along at the evening’s end.

McNeil is described as Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter. His work and influence as performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical di-rector, bandleader, novelist, and interpreter of Scot-land’s past, present, and future describe a man who has never stood still.

McNeill is an international Scottish musician and singer, who plays over five instruments.

McNeill’s joy and enthusiasm are contagious--the audience will be compelled



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