New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson to discuss “Libya and the Legacies of the Past” on Monday, March 9 at 5:30pm

The international community has been confronted by a wide array of violent crises related to the collapse of the post-colonial order, from the Central African Republic to Libya and Syria. What is the nature of these crises and what should be the response of the international community? In his talk “History Reset? Libya and the Legacies of the Past,” New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson will draw on his extensive experience reporting from the frontlines to situate the ongoing trouble in Libya into the broader political and historical context. Anderson will speak on Monday, March 9, at 5:30pm in Rockefeller Hall room 300, and take questions afterward. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the Program in Africana Studies, the Vassar College Fund for Dialogue and Engagement Across Differences, the International Studies and Media Studies programs, and the Political Science department.

Earlier in the day Anderson will hold a workshop with a small group of Vassar students and faculty to explore the challenges writers face on difficult subjects under challenging conditions, whether ethnic or religious conflict, terrorism, poverty, disease, or political violence.

Anderson most recently wrote about Libya for the New Yorker in his February 23, 2015 article "The Unravelling" ( He has covered numerous conflicts for the magazine, including those in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, Somalia, Sudan, Mali, and Liberia. He has also reported frequently from Latin America and the Caribbean, writing about Rio de Janeiro’s gangs, the Panama Canal, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and a Caracas slum, as well as penning profiles of Augusto Pinochet, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chávez, and Gabriel García Márquez among others.

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Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, March 3, 2015