Cameron University Academic Festival continues in January with journalist Robin Wright

Following the overwhelmingly popular presentations by Dr. Khaled Hosseini, Steve Coll and Sen. Chuck Hagel, Cameron University will continue its triennial Academic Festival, “Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance,” during the Spring 2012 semester with journalist and foreign policy analyst Robin Wright. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Cameron University Theatre on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Tickets are required for admission and can be reserved online at www.cameron.edu/festival7 beginning Monday, December 5. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must be seated by 7:20 p.m.

“Afghanistan is a nation shrouded in mystery that has been catapulted to the world stage,” says CU President Cindy Ross. “Cameron University is honored to have renowned foreign policy analyst Robin Wright share her perspective on this compelling central Asian country.”

Robin WrightWright is currently a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace as well as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for leading news outlets including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Sunday Times of London and CBS News. She has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, The International Herald Tribune, and many others. She has covered a dozen wars and multiple revolutions. Her foreign tours included five years in the Middle East, two years in Europe, seven years in Africa and several years as a roving foreign correspondent in Latin America and Asia.

Wright has published multiple books, including "Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam," "The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran," and "The Iran Primer: Power, Politics, and U.S. Policy." Her latest book, "Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World," was released in September 

Wright has been named Journalist of the Year by the American Academy of Diplomacy. She was awarded the National Press Club Award and the Weintal Prize for diplomatic reporting and the Overseas Press Club Award for “best reporting in any media requiring exceptional courage and initiative.” She received the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal and is the recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant.

“Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance” will continue throughout the 2011-12 academic year with numerous opportunities for the public to gain an understanding of the Central Asian country.

The McCasland Foundation of Duncan is the primary sponsor of “Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance.” Over the years, support for the Academic Festivals has come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989. Additional funding for this year’s Festival is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and through Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Office of Public Affairs at 581-2211 or via email at publicaffairs@cameron.edu.

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December 2, 2011

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