Wednesday, September 24, 2008

From Rwanda to Abu Graib: Award-Winning Journalist Gourevitch Visits Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The Rose O'Neill Literary House's "Literature of the Fact"—a special series of lectures on the diverse varieties of the art of nonfiction—continues with dual presentations by celebrated journalist Philip Gourevitch on Thursday, October 2.

The event is co-sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs.

Gourevitch's searing account of the Rwandan genocide, We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the George K. Polk Award for Foreign Reporting.

A long-time staff writer for The New Yorker, and the editor of The Paris Review, Gourevitch is also the author of Standard Operating Procedure, with Erroll Morris, about the prisoner abuse at Abu Graib in Iraq.

At 4:30 p.m. on Oct 2, Gourevitch will be at the Rose O'Neill Literary House to offer an in-depth look at The Paris Review and working in publishing and the literary field (open to members of the Washington College community). At 7:30 p.m., he will give a reading from his works (open to the public).

The Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs was established in 1990 to encourage students to enter public service by introducing them to exemplary leaders, both in and out of government. The Goldstein Program has hosted journalists, political activists, foreign policy analysts, diplomats, military commanders and government officials of both national and international stature.

The Goldstein Program sponsors lectures, symposia, visiting fellows, student participation in models and conferences, and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy.

The Rose O'Neill Literary House, which underwent an extensive restoration and renovation last spring, is known far and wide as the hub of Washington College's writing community. For nearly 25 years it has served as the venue for co-curricular activities that bring together students and faculty with visiting writers, scholars, editors and other literary artists; theWashington Post dubbed it "the Carnegie Hall of literary readings."

"Literature of the Fact" continues throughout the fall, presenting "Food Lit with Amanda Hesser" on November 14, and "Rock Lit with Dan Kennedy" on November 20. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410/778-7899 or

September 24, 2008

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