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"Five Years in Iraq: Which Way Home?"

Journalist John Burns presents the third and final public lecture in this fall's Montgomery Fellows series, "America in 2008: Perspectives and Reflections."

John Burns

Burns, the London bureau chief for The New York Times, headed the Times' Bagdad bureau for five years.  He has won two Pulitzer prizes for international reporting, for his coverage of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1993) and of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan (1997). Burns recently revisited Afghanistan, reporting from Kabul for the Times in September.

Burns will also present a Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center lecture, "With a Little Help from My Friends: Surviving Cancer, from Sloan-Kettering to Sarajevo, Kabul, and Baghdad," on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. in DHMC's auditorium E.

VOX of Dartmouth recently spoke with Burns:

On reporting from dangerous places: "To quote [late circus performer] Karl Wallenda, 'Life is being on the wire; everything else is just waiting.' If this is what you do, how could you not want to be in Iraq or Afghanistan right now, where the story is? ...[It's the] sheer exhilaration of having a front-row seat."

Currently reading? "Re-reading, actually, the 9/11 Commission Report.  It's a tale of missed clues and missed opportunities."

Montgomery Fellow Lecture

  • Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m.
  • Moore Hall, Filene Auditorium
  • 646-4062

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Last Updated: 12/17/08