The Conversation Project, presented by Oregon Humanities, continues on Wednesday, February 10, with a conversation on “Night of a Thousand Stars: Portrait of Life in Iraq.” This conversation will be presented by photojournalist Joel Preston Smith for free from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Library’s Oak Room.
About the conversation:
Photojournalist Joel Preston Smith traveled in central and northern Iraq for four months in 2003, living with Iraqis and Kurds and patrolling with U.S. soldiers. This slide show and conversation offer a comprehensive portrait of Iraqi society before and after the U.S. invasion in 2003, as seen from the perspectives of both Iraqis and U.S. soldiers. Smith will lead audiences in a conversation about the ethics of war, media bias, and American perceptions of Iraqis and Middle Easterners.
About the presenter:
Joel Preston Smith is a freelance writer, photographer, and artist based in Portland. Born in Liberty, West Virginia, Smith has served as a photojournalist in the U.S. Army and as a civilian on humanitarian aid missions to Rwanda, Honduras, Palestine, and Iraq. His work has been published in Gobshite Quarterly, The Irish Times, The Oregonian, and others. He is also the author of a book of essays and photographs, Night of a Thousand Stars and Other Portraits of Iraq (Nazraeli Press, 2006).
The Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. Conversations are facilitated by some of Oregon’s most respected humanities scholars.
For more information, contact John Smith at 503-570-1594.