Cameron University Academic Festival continues with Pulitzer Prize winning author Steve Coll

Building on the excitement and response generated by international best-selling author Dr. Khaled Hosseini, Cameron University will continue its triennial Academic Festival, “Afghanistan: Its Complexities and Relevance,” with best-selling author Steve Coll, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place at Cameron University Theatre on Thursday, September 29 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 beginning Tuesday, September 6. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and participants must be seated by 7:20 p.m.

photo of Steve Coll“Rare is the opportunity to hear and interact with a Pulitzer Prize-winning author who is recognized internationally as the authority on the events leading to 9-11,” says CU President Cindy Ross. “His expertise on Afghanistan will bring an professional perspective to the Academic Festival as we continue our in-depth look at the Central Asian nation.”

Coll, president of New America Foundation and a contributor to The New Yorker, won his second Pulitzer Prize for “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.” Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence and military personnel both foreign and American, “Ghost Wars” details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan, the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of Osama Bin Laden and more.

Coll’s 2008 book, “The Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in the American Century,” documents the story of the Bin Laden family’s rise to power and privilege, revealing new information to show how American influences changed the family and how one member’s rebellion changed America.

“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




September 1, 2011

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