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
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.
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.
Posted on March 30, 2016
by Chris Carroll