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Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting

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Date(s) - 12/11/2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Lila Hassan and Noor Al and Melanie Huff


BOOK TALK: Our Women on the Ground, Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World. Join us at 6 p.m. on December 11 in the Pulitzer World Room for a discussion of this amazing book with editor Zahra Hankir ’09, essayists Nada Bakri ’09 and Hwaida Saad – moderated by Ahmed Shihab-Eldin ’07.

Presented by CJS_AMEJA (Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association), Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma and #CJSGlobal


Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it’s like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour

Zahra Hankir is a Lebanese-British journalist who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society in the Middle East. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vice, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Business-week, Roads & Kingdoms, and Literary Hub, among others. She was awarded a Jack R. Howard Fellowship in International Journalism to attend the Columbia Journalism School and holds degrees in politics and Middle Eastern studies from the American University of Beirut and the University of Manchester.

Nada Bakri is a Lebanese journalist who covered the Middle East for more than a decade for newspapers including the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Daily Star, an English-language daily published in Beirut. Bakri was based in Beirut and Baghdad throughout her career, covering major events, including the 2006 July War between Israel and Hezbollah and the Arab Spring. Bakri graduated from the Lebanese American University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and received a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School. She currently lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her son.

Hwaida Saad is a Beirut-based reporter and news assistant at the New York Times, where she has worked since 2007. She earned a degree in public relations from Lebanese University in 1993 and a master’s degree in education from Saint Joseph University, Lebanon, in 2008. She went on to hold various teaching, PR, and administrative roles. Following the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri in 2005, Saad had a short stint at the Boston Globe, spurring her career in journalism. At the New York Times, she has covered Lebanon and Syria extensively, writing about ISIS, the regional humanitarian crisis, and beyond.

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is an Emmy-nominated journalist and a former Correspondent/Producer for the groundbreaking award-winning documentary series VICE on HBO, In 2015 and 2016, he was featured on the Arabian Business power list of the planet’s 100 most influential young Arabs. In 2012 he was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of ‘young disruptions, innovators and media entrepreneurs impatient to change the world’.

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