Iraq correspondent to speak at Centre
RELEASED: Sept. 29, 2005
DANVILLE, KYPulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Borzou Daragahi will speak of his experiences in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan at a Centre College convocation on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. in Young 101. The event is open to the public.
Daragahi, Baghdad correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, has worked since late 2001 in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and other Middle East hotspots. In his presentation he will give a unique ground-level view of the causes and consequences of the current conflict in the region, the way it's transforming the region, and the dangers and opportunities it presents the West.
A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist in international reporting, Daragahi will deliver a colorful presentation on topics ranging from villagers watching x-rated movies in central Afghanistan, to al-Qaida operatives holding press conferences in Iraq, to clerics starting up Internet service providers in the Iranian holy city of Qom.
Daragahi has spent much of the last two years in Iraq. He's been "embedded" with U.S. troops in combat situations and trapped with American diplomats in the Green Zone. He's also traced the lives of ordinary Iraqis as they've watched the transformation of their country.
Daragahi will be available to answer student and faculty questions about the situation in Iraq.
For more information on Borzou Daragahi, see http://www.borzou.com.
- end -
Founded in 1819, Centre College is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges. Centre alumni, known for their nation-leading loyalty in annual financial support, include two U.S. vice presidents and two Supreme Court justices. For more, visit http://www.centre.edu/web/elevatorspeech/
For news archives go to http://www.centre.edu/web/news/newsarchive.html.
600 W. Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Public Information Coordinator: Telephone 859-238-5714