Speaker Roundup

Journalists and novelists share their stories
January 31, 2011
 
Novelist Dave Eggers speaking at Duke

Staggering: Eggers shares insights into latest nonfiction work.
Megan Morr

  • David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, political pundit, and former Duke visiting professor, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He spoke about ways to bridge the country’s ideological divide in the wake of the 2010 midterm elections.
  • Dave Eggers, novelist and nonfiction writer, in Page Auditorium. He spoke about his recent book, Zeitoun, the true story of a Syrian immigrant in post-Katrina New Orleans.
  • Jane Mayer, investigative journalist for The New Yorker, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She spoke about covering U.S. counterterrorism operations, specifically the CIA’s program of extraordinary rendition and the interrogation techniques used by its agents.
  • W.S. Merwin, poet laureate of the U.S., in the Gothic Reading Room in Perkins Library. He read a number of poems, including some composed after the publication of his most recent collection, Shadow of Sirius.
  • Olga Tokarczuk, Polish novelist, in the Breedlove Room in Perkins Library. She read from her latest novel, Bieguni.
  • Bob Woodward, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He spoke about the division in the White House over the war in Afghanistan, the subject of his recent book, Obama’s Wars.