Middle East expert Robert Fisk speaks at Edward Said Memorial Lecture

Monday, 26 September 2005

The University of Adelaide will host award winning journalist, author and commentator, Robert Fisk, at the Elder Hall, North Terrace campus, at 5pm on Saturday 1 October for the inaugural Edward Said Memorial Lecture.

Robert Fisk, the highly regarded Middle East correspondent for The Independent in the UK, is one of the few Western journalists to have interviewed Osama Bin Laden.

He is about to launch his new book 'The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East', an eyewitness account of recent history in the Middle East.

Fisk was stationed in Baghdad during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and the ensuing US-led occupation of Iraq. He has criticised other journalists for their "hotel journalism", leaving them out of touch with the events and atmosphere of the Baghdad streets.

He covered the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, the Persian Gulf War and the conflict in Algeria. He covered the Lebanese civil war and wrote a book on the conflict, 'Pity The Nation'. Fisk has also reported on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Fisk has received many awards for his journalism, including the Amnesty International UK Press Awards in 1998 for his reports from Algeria and again in 2000 for his articles on NATO bombing of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He has been awarded the British International Journalist of the Year award seven times.

What: The inaugural Edward Said Memorial Lecture, delivered by Robert Fisk, Middle East correspondent for The Independent
Where: Elder Hall, University of Adelaide North Terrace campus
When: Saturday 1 October at 5pm.
Entry fee: $10 adults, $5 concession
Contact: Bassam Dally on (08) 8303 5397 or bassam.dally@adelaide.edu.au

The lecture is sponsored by The Australian Friends of Palestine Association

 

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