Thursday, December 3
Rien Kuntari and DW Gibson
Fracture of Identity
Campbell Lounge (in the Center for Sports and Recreation)
3:00 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.
About the Speakers
Rien Kuntari is a writer and former war correspondent from Indonesia. She covered international affairs from 1991 until 2004 for the Kompas Daily in Indonesia, where she covered human right violations in Iraq, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Indonesia; diplomacy and Indonesian Foreign Policy; International politics, and Indonesian internal politics and presidential activities. Her recent book “East Timor, One Last Minute, a Journalist’s Note” exposed the truth about the events during the 1999 East Timor Crisis when East Timor broke away from Indonesia. The book led to her eventual exile in the United States, where she is currently in residence with freeDimenional, a non-profit organization with a mission to advance social justice by hosting activists in art spaces and using cultural resources to strengthen their work.
DW Gibson currently serves as Executive Director of the Ledig House International Writer’s Colony in Hudson, New York, which is part of the Art Omi International Arts Center. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Sangam House, a writers’ residency program in Pondicherry, India. His work has appeared in several publications including The New York Observer, Oxford Magazine, Tin House, and Atlas. His children’s novel, FUNDORADO ISLAND, was published by Random House in 2006. He spent some time working on documentaries for the A&E Television Network and MSNBC. His credits include “The Hate Network” and “Inside Alcoholics Anonymous.” He holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Texas and a MS from the Columbia School of Journalism.
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