Sept. 10 Guest Lecture Addresses Media Coverage of Middle East

Posted: September 9, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Robert Fisk, Britain’s most-honored foreign correspondent, combines first-rate reporting with passion and insightful analysis in his coverage of the Middle East for London’s the Independent newspaper. Having interviewed Osama bin Laden several times, he is a much sought-after commentator, especially since the events of last September.

Flying in from Beirut, where he’s been based for the past 25 years, Fisk will present his provocative perspective in an address titled “September 11: Ask Who Did it, but Don’t Ask Why” on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. Fisk’s contention is that U.S. media have failed to tell the public the whole story about what is really going on in the Middle East.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the presentation will also include an excerpt from the documentary Beirut to Bosnia: Muslims and the West, a Personal Journey. In the film, Fisk reports on Muslim unrest and conflict with the West, as evidenced in Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, and Bosnia.

Holder of a Ph.D. in political science from Trinity College, Dublin, Fisk has won 24 British and international press awards and is the author of three books, including Pity the Nation: Lebanon at War, soon to be reissued in the United States.

This free lecture is open to the community. To reserve a seat, RSVP to (703) 993-8620.

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