Wednesday, 4 November, 4:30pm, Perkins Library room 217
A discussion of the changing role of the eyewitness account in the creation of historical narrative--with Iran as the context. Speakers will include: Mark Bowden, author of Guests of the Ayatollah : The First Battle in America's War with Militant Islam. Bowden will talk about the interviews he conducted with hostages and hostage-takers in the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. The Duke Library holds the interviews Mark Bowden conducted as well as Tim Wells' interviews with 36 of the 1979 hostages; these interviews are the basis for his book, 444 Days: The Hostages Remember. Negar Mottahedeh, associate professor in the Literature Program, will speak about social networks and new media in the reporting of current events in Iran. Moderated by Bruce Kuniholm, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy and a member of both the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Policy Planning Staff during the Carter administration. Sponsored by the Duke University Libraries
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