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A Conversation with New Yorker Writer Dexter Filkins & Kickoff Reception for the Weinberg College Center for International & Area Studies

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM CT

Where: 600 Haven St, The Great Room, 600 Haven Street, Evanston, IL 60208-1001 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: International Studies

Co-Sponsor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Please join the Weinberg College Center for International and Area Studies at Northwestern for this special event featuring New Yorker staff writer Dexter Filkins in conversation with Medill School of Journalism professor Peter Slevin.

Dexter Filkins joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2011. He worked at the Miami Herald and the Los Angeles Times, where he was the paper’s New Delhi bureau chief, before joining the New York Times, in 2000, reporting from New York, South Asia, and Iraq, where he was based from 2003 to 2006. In 2009, he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of Times journalists covering Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2006-07, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and, from 2007 to 2008, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He has received numerous prizes, including two George Polk Awards and three Overseas Press Club Awards. His book The Forever War won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and was named a best book of the year by the Times, the Washington Post, Time, and the Boston Globe.

Peter Slevin is Associate Professor at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He spent a decade on the Washington Post’s national staff and is currently a contributing writer for The New Yorker, focusing on national politics. He teaches classes on politics and the media; the U.S. role in world affairs; and reporting strategies on current events, from the 2020 presidential campaign to the intersection of policing and race in Chicago. Slevin’s career as a reporter has taken him around the country and the globe, where he has covered events and personalities of every description, taking particular interest in telling stories rich with the voices of the people involved. His ambitious biography of Michelle Obama was voted one of the best biographies of the year by PEN America, and was translated into Chinese, Korean and Dutch.

Immediately following this conversation, please join us for a reception to celebrate the launch of the Weinberg College Center for International & Area Studies at Northwestern!

This event is free and open to the public.

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