The Raizman Lecture featuring Jenny Nordberg

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Campbell Memorial Chapel

Cost: Free and open to the public

The Women’s Institute at Chatham presents The Raizman Lecture featuring Jenny Nordberg, award-winning author of The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan.

An award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent, columnist and television producer, Jenny Nordberg has worked all over the world, investigating topics such as the global financial crisis, nuclear proliferation, foreign aid, human trafficking, and aspects of “the war on terror,” as well as many human rights issues. Based on her extensive research and reporting inside a war zone, The Underground Girls of Kabul has been published in more than 10 countries and won numerous awards. In presenting her with the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and The Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University explained that Nordberg’s work “is much more than a hard-won investigation populated with diverse characters and potent scenes. It’s also a careful surrender of assumptions about gender and patriarchy and the Western lens on a troubled country—a book through which readers emerge both challenged and changed.”

You don’t want to miss this special opportunity to hear Ms. Nordberg! There will be plenty of time for Q&A, as well as book signing. Please register today.

Praise for The Underground Girls of Kabul:
“Five years of intensive reporting have yielded this gritty, poignant, and provocative collage of intimate portraits… Nordberg conveys captivating nuance and complexity; just when you feel some kind of judgment or conclusive opinion is within reach, she deftly turns the tables, leaving us to reexamine our own prejudices and societal norms as we struggle with questions that are perhaps unanswerable." ~Elle

"As affecting as the stories of these women are, Nordberg's conclusion—that women's rights are essential to "building peaceful civilizations"—is the most powerful message of this compelling book. An intelligent and timely exploration into contemporary Afghanistan." ~Kirkus Reviews

"Jenny Nordberg has given us a fascinating look into a hidden phenomenon of extreme patriarchal societies: a form of gender-bending far riskier and more rewarding than Western academia's trendy, abstract gender categories. Nordberg's reporting is thorough and sensitive, her writing vivid and insightful. You will not forget this book; it will haunt you." ~Robin Morgan, author and founder of Ms. magazine

Winner of the 2015 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize
A Salon 2014 Authors’ Favorite Book
One of Buzzfeed’s Best Nonfiction Books of 2014
A Business Insider Best Book of 2014
A Columbus Dispatch Best Book of 2014
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014
A PopMatters Best Book of 2014
An FP Interrupted Best Book of 2014


Fee : Free and open to the public

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Campbell Memorial Chapel


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