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Home Front/Front Lines: Americans and the Syrian Civil War

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

An Arab American man tries to cross from Turkey to Syria in order join the revolutionaries in Dark at the Crossing, by Marine veteran and journalist Elliot Ackerman. The story of one Damascus family intersects with that of modern Syria in The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria by Syrian-American journalist and civil rights lawyer Alia Malek. The story of a star-crossed romance on the brink of the unrest in Emily Robbins’s novel A Word for Love. With moderator OPB’s Geoff Norcross.

Elliot Ackerman

Elliot Ackerman is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Dark at the Crossing and Green on Blue. He is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Repub­lic and The New York Times Magazine, among other pub­lications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.
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Alia Malek

Alia Malek is an award-winning journalist and civil rights lawyer. She is the author of A Country Called Amreeka and editor of Patriot Acts and EUROPA. Her reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, and others. Her latest work is The Home That Was Our Country.
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Emily Robbins

Emily Robbins has lived and worked across the Middle East and North Africa. From 2007-2008, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Syria, where she studied religion and language with a women's mosque movement, and lived with the family of a leading intellectual. Robbins holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. She lives in Chicago and Brownsville, Texas, and has just returned from a second Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan. Her debut novel, A Word For Love was published by Riverhead Books in 2017.
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Geoff Norcross

Geoff Norcross is the Morning Edition host at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before coming to Oregon, he was the program director at the NPR-affiliate KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 25-year radio veteran, Geoff has been on air in New York, Florida, Missouri, Illinois, and West Virginia. He joined OPB in 2008. Geoff has received awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. for best interview, the Edward R. Murrow Award for best feature reporting, and the Florida Associated Press Award for the best newscast. Geoff graduated from Bradley University with a degree in communications. Geoff lives in Portland with his wife. When he’s not on the air, you can find him rowing on the Willamette River or running and biking around the southwest hills. If you get up early enough, you might catch him hiking the nearby mountains.
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