Author Omar El Akkad will visit the University campus to discuss his book, American War, on Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m., in Buckley Center Auditorium. El Akkad is the Fall 2018 Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writer, and his talk will be free and open to all. A book signing will follow.
In addition to the 7 p.m. lecture that is open to the Portland community, a discussion with the author will be held for UP community members on Thursday afternoon from 4-5 p.m. in the Bauccio Commons Terrace Room.
El Akkad’s talks draw on his breadth of experience as a journalist at home and abroad to give his audience rare insights into the most important topics of our time, from terrorism to populist movements to racial tensions in America. El Akkad is a recipient of Canada’s National Newspaper Award for investigative reporting and the Goff Penny Memorial Prize for Young Canadian Journalists, as well as three National Magazine Award honorable mentions. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
The Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series was founded in 1988 by Rev. Arthur Schoenfeldt, C.S.C., of the University’s Holy Cross community, and his sister, University regent Suzanne Schoenfeldt Fields, in honor of their parents. Twice each year, Schoenfeldt guest writers offer a public reading and also visit students and faculty during their time on The Bluff.
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