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War correspondent Sebastian Junger speaks at a free event in Midwest City

War correspondent Sebastian Junger speaks at a free event in Midwest City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Award-winning journalist, film director, and bestselling author Sebastian Junger speaks at the Midwest City Library at 8:30 am on April 15 at a free event co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

Junger has reported for over two decades from some of the world's most dangerous locations, and his 2010 bestseller War intimately portrays the lives of American soldiers in combat. His newest book, Tribe, to be released on May 24, explores lessons from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning, with a particular focus on the experiences of combat veterans returning home.

Junger will speak in a moderated conversation about his experiences and observations of Americans at war. Moderator Dr. Bill Bryans is a U.S. History professor at Oklahoma State University, an OHC board member and former Board Chair, and current President of the Oklahoma Museums Association.

In 2007 and 2008, Junger was embedded with American troops in the Korengal Valley, an area the New York Times called "perhaps the most hostile corner in all of Afghanistan." Junger's reporting for Vanity Fair and his book War explore the emotional experience of combat. His writing and the documentary film Restrepo, co-directed by Junger, describe young American soldiers in a tiny mountain outpost that was a magnet for violent insurgents. Junger's objective in his writing and filmmaking was "to convey what soldiers experience -- what war actually feels like."

Junger's 1997 bestseller The Perfect Storm profiled Atlantic fishermen caught in "the Storm of the Century" and was adapted for an acclaimed film in 2000. Junger has also reported on human rights abuses in Sierra Leone, war crimes in Kosovo, the peacekeeping mission in Cyprus, and hostage-taking in Kashmir. His film Restrepo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary in 2011 and won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Junger won the New York Times' Sydney Award for outstanding political and cultural journalism, and he won the International Press Academy's prestigious Humanitarian Award in 2015.

Admission to the April 15 event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations are required and may be submitted by clicking here.

OHC is proud to present this event in partnership with the Metropolitan Library System and the Library Endowment Trust.


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