Remembering Anthony Shadid
Town Hall expresses our deep sympathy about the loss of Anthony Shadid. Because of the importance and timeliness of his story, we will be hosting an event in honor of his life's work on April 17 (the date he would have been here to lecture).
The world lost an exceptional journalist with the Feb. 16 death of New York Times and Washington Post reporter Anthony Shadid--but on a more personal level, others lost a family member, a friend, a mentor. True to his talent, Shadid always had a story to tell--from his 2011 imprisonment by Libya's pro-Ghaddafi forces to the ancestral Lebanese estate he rebuilt after his release. House of Stone, his book about that reconstruction--and about rebuilding so many other broken things--was to be the subject of the Pulitzer Prize winner's anticipated lecture at Town Hall. But instead, we remember and honor Shadid's life's work with three short talks about him, from his brother Damon Shadid, Resat Kasaba (Director of the UW Jackson School of International Studies), and Egyptian journalist Marwa Maziad. Proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to a charity in Anthony Shadid's honor. Presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store. Series media sponsorship provided by PubliCola. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.
Captured in Libya as the region erupted, New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid went home last spring once he was freed. "Home," in this case, was an ancient estate built by his great-grandfather in southern Lebanon, a place filled with memories of a lost era when the Middle East was a world of grace and grandeur. Shadid worked to reconstruct the house and restore his spirit after both had weathered war. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author of House of Stone, chronicled the house's renewal, his family's flight from Lebanon, and the universal yearning for home.
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