War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery has announced its 2014 lineup of speakers. Featured journalists this year include NPR’s international correspondent Deborah Amos, independent journalist and author Scott Anderson, Pancho Bernasconi and Sandy Ciric of Getty Images, Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker, Susan Meiselas of Magnum Photos and journalist Sebastian Junger.
The series benefits the nonprofit organization RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues), which provides free advanced first aid training to independent conflict reporters, photographers and filmmakers. RISC was founded by Sebastian Junger after the deaths of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros in Libya in 2011. Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, who was a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press in the Middle East during the early 1980s before starting the Brewery, will interview most of the guests this year.
The series kicks off on May 22 with Deborah Amos, a veteran Middle East correspondent, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of two books on the region. Currently international correspondent for NPR, Amos has also worked in television with ABC’s Nightline and World News Tonight and the PBS programs NOW with Bill Moyers and Frontline.
Marking the centennial of the start of World War I, on June 17 the series will feature Scott Anderson, author of Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East. Anderson has covered conflicts throughout the Middle East as well as Northern Ireland, Chechnya, Sudan, Bosnia and El Salvador, among others.
On July 16, Pancho Bernasconi and Sandy Ciric of Getty Images will discuss their work on the late photojournalist Chris Hondros’s book Testament, which was posthumously released in April 2014, three years after he was killed in a mortar attack by Qaddafi’s forces in Libya.
Marking the twenty-year anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, Philip Gourevitch, author of the award-winning book We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, will speak on September 17.
On November 19, Sebastian Junger will interview award-winning photographer Susan Meiselas of Magnum Photos. Meiselas, who was one of Tim Hetherington’s mentors, is best known for her coverage of the insurrection in Nicaragua and the documentation of human rights abuses in Latin America.
All events begin with a beer reception and slideshow of photographs, and end with a book-signing by the featured speakers. The series debuted in 2013 and packed the house for each event.
Tickets are $25, include one beer, and can be purchased at www.risctraining.org/war-correspondents-at-the-brooklyn-brewery.