[act-ma] Steven Kinzer postponed
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Mon Feb 9 20:42:05 PST 2015
Due to complications imposed by the snowstorm, the Bustani Middle East
Iran and the United States: Eternal Enemies or Natural Partners?
with Stephen Kinzer has been postponed to *Tuesday, February 17*.
Please join us for the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar:
*"Iran and the United States: Eternal Enemies or Natural Partners?â€¨"*
Speaker: *Stephen Kinzer*, Journalist in Residence, Brown University;
Formerly of the New York Times
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 4:30â€“6:30pm
70 Memorial Drive, Building E51 <http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51>, Room 376
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
The lecture is free and open to the public.
*About the Speaker:*
Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered
more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have
led the Washington Post to place him "among the best in popular foreign
Kinzerâ€™s newest book, /The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles,
and Their Secret World War/, has been widely praised. Reviewers have
called it sparkling, riveting, gripping, bracing, and disturbing. The
Wall Street Journal called it a â€œfluently written, ingeniously
researched, thrillerish work of popular history.â€
Kinzer spent more than 20 years working for the New York Times, most of
it as a foreign correspondent. His foreign postings placed him at the
center of historic events and, at times, in the line of fire.
From 1983 to 1989, Kinzer was the Times bureau chief in Nicaragua,
where he covered war and upheaval in Central America. For the first half
of the 1990s he was the Times bureau chief in Berlin. From there he
covered the emergence of post-Communist Europe, including wars in the
In 1996 Kinzer was named chief of the newly opened New York Times bureau
in Istanbul, Turkey. He spent four years there, traveling widely in
Turkey and in the new nations of Central Asia and the Caucasus. After
completing this assignment, Kinzer published/ Crescent and Star: Turkey
Between Two Worlds./
In 2006 Kinzer published /Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change
from Hawaii to Iraq/. It recounts the 14 times the United States has
overthrown foreign governments.
Kinzer has made several trips to Iran, and is the author of /All the
Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror/. It
tells how the CIA overthrew Iran's nationalist government in 1953. In
2010 Kinzer published /Reset: Iran, Turkey, and Americaâ€™s Future/,
which Huffington Post called â€œa bold exercise in reimagining the
United Statesâ€™ big links in the Middle East.â€
He wrote about Africa in his book /A Thousand Hills: Rwanda's Rebirth
and the Man Who Dreamed It/.
Kinzer has taught political science, journalism and international
relations at Northwestern and Boston University. He is now a Visiting
Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown
University, where he teaches international relations.
He contributes articles to periodicals including /The New York Review of
Books/, and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe.
The University of Scranton awarded Kinzer an honorary doctorate in
2010. â€œWhere there has been turmoil in the world and history has
shifted, Stephen Kinzer has been there,â€ the citation said.
â€œNeither bullets, bombs nor beating could dull his sharp
determination to bring injustice and strife to light.â€
*About the Seminar Series:*
The Bustani Middle East Seminar is organized under the auspices of the
MIT Center for International Studies, which conducts research on
contemporary international issues and provides and opportunity for
faculty and students to share perspectives and exchange views. Each year
the Bustani Seminar invites scholars, journalists, consultants, and
other experts from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States to MIT
to present recent research findings on contemporary politics, society
and culture, and economic and technological development in the Middle East.
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