Event

"Iraq: Death of a Nation" Event at Columbia University

Monday, November 19, 2007 - 7:00PM

Date: Monday, November 19, 2007

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Columbia University, Graduate School of Journalism
3rd Floor Lecture Hall, 116th and Broadway

Moderator:
Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Panelists:
David Enders, a New York-based freelance journalist, has spent more than 18 months in Iraq over the past four years. He also teaches sixth grade English and high school journalism in Harlem.

Filmmaker Richard Rowley has made four award-winning feature documentaries with international theatrical distribution and dozens of short films and television pieces.

Filmmaker Frank Popper (Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?) has recorded Enders' presentations on Iraq to high school students, for public television and a possible documentary.

Background:
David Enders and Richard Rowley reported this summer from Iraq and the region on a Pulitzer Center grant. They produced articles and broadcasts for over a dozen outlets, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Washington Times to Pacifica Radio, Al Jazeera English and the public-television program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria. Their reporting on the Shia-Sunni conflict, ethnic cleansing and Iraq's refugee crisis challenged official statements and conventional journalism alike.

The event will feature:

Excerpts from Dangerous Allies and Reporting Iraq will be screened along with Youth Voices on Iraq, the short documentary Popper made for Foreign Exchange on Enders' discussions on Iraq with St. Louis high school students.

This event is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists at the Columbia University Journalism School.

A reception will follow, sponsored by the Middle East Institute at Columbia.