Children in an IDP camp. Image by Paolo Pellegrin. Iraq, July 2016. Add this image to a lesson

Author Scott Anderson and multimedia journalist Ben Solomon visit Campus Consortium partner LaGuardia Community College on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, to discuss their reporting for the 2016 landmark issue of The New York Times Magazine tracing the lives of individuals across the Middle East who lived through autocratic rule, the turmoil of the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS and more.

The months of reporting across the Middle East culminated with Anderson's 42,000-word story, the searing black-and-white photography of Paulo Pellegrin and links online to Solomon's virtual reality video on the retaking of Fallujah. The New York Times Magazine devoted the entire August 14, 2016, issue to their reporting.

This project was underwritten by the Pulitzer Center's Catalyst Fund, an initiative aimed at fostering strategic partnerships between the Center and major news outlets to support work by freelance multimedia journalists on systemic global issues. The Catalyst Fund is made possible through the support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, and individual donors to the Pulitzer Center.

Anderson has spent decades reporting from the region. He is the author of Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East, his acclaimed 2013 book on the fateful impact of T.E. Lawrence and his World War I contemporaries.

Solomon is a multimedia journalist, documentary filmmaker and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. in 2015, he was a part of a New York Times reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.

The day-long visit to Campus Consortium partner LaGuardia Community College includes a morning community forum as well as afternoon sessions.

LaGuardia Community College
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
10:30 am-4:00 pm
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101


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