Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Seminar
Patrick Kingsley

Witness or Participant? The Ethical, Practical and Linguistic Challenges of Reporting on the 2015 Migration Crisis

Speaker

Patrick Kingsley is an international correspondent for The New York Times, based in Berlin. He previously covered migration and the Middle East for The Guardian. He was named Foreign Affairs Journalist of the Year at the 2015 British Journalism Awards and is the author of two books: How To Be Danish, an exploration of contemporary Danish culture, and The New Odyssey, a portrait of the European refugee crisis.

Discussants

Homi Bhabha is the Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard. He is the author of numerous works exploring postcolonial theory, cultural change and power, contemporary art, and cosmopolitanism, including Nation and Narration, and The Location of Culture, which was reprinted as a Routledge Classic in 2004. His next book will be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Tobias Garnett is a human rights lawyer. He moved to Istanbul in 2015 to work on the refugee crisis before representing Turkish journalists imprisoned following July 2016's failed coup, for which he was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year by the UK Law Society. He is currently a Gleitsman Social Activism Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Parul Sehgal is a book critic at The New York Times. She was previously a senior editor and columnist at The New York Times Book Review where she wrote extensively about language, literature in translation, race, memory, trauma, and identity. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Bookforum, The New Yorker, and The Literary Review, among other publications, and she was awarded the Nona Balakian Award from the National Book Critics Circle for her criticism.

Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

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