“The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East”
October 29, 2009
A talk by journalist Neil MacFarquhar.
The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday reveals a cross-section of unsung, dynamic men and women pioneering political and social change. There is the Kuwaiti sex therapist in a leather suit with matching red headscarf, and the Syrian engineer advocating a less political interpretation of the Koran. MacFarquhar interacts with Arabs and Iranians in their every day lives, removed from the violence we see constantly, yet wrestling with the region's future.
Neil MacFarquhar has been the United Nations bureau chief of The New York Times since June 2008. From November 2006 to May 2008, he was a Times national correspondent, based in San Francisco. He was the Middle East correspondent for the paper, based in Cairo, from 2001 until 2006.
Cosponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. From the World Beyond the Headlines lecture series.