10th Annual Anita Houston Lecture with Sarah Chayes

sardari-portrait-2014-09-14-2Please join New Canaan Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan for the annual Anita Houston Lecture at 2pm on Sunday January 15th.
Sarah Chayes is Senior Fellow in Carnegie’s Democracy and Rule of Law Program and author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security (W.W. Norton, 2015), which won the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her work explores how severe corruption can help prompt such crises as terrorism, revolutions and their violent aftermaths, and environmental degradation. Before joining Carnegie, Ms. Chayes served as special assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. She participated in cabinet-level decision-making on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Arab Spring, and traveled with Admiral Mullen frequently to these regions. After covering the fall of the Taliban for National Public Radio, Chayes left journalism in 2002 to settle in Kandahar, Afghanistan until she took a post advising commanders of the international military force in Kabul in 2009. From 1996 to 2001, Ms. Chayes was NPR’s Paris correspondent. She shared the 1999 Foreign Press Club and Sigma Delta Chi awards for her work on the Kosovo conflict. Read more and REGISTER

9th Annual Anita Houston Lecture with Lynsey Addario

Lynsey-AddarioJoin New Canaan Library and the UN Committee of New Canaan for the annual Anita Houston Lecture at 4pm on Sunday November 8th.

This year, we welcome war photographer Lynsey Addario, who will speak about her experience documenting conflicts from Afghanistan to South Sudan. Her memoir, It’s What I Do, is the story of how the relentless pursuit of truth, in virtually every major theater of war in the twenty-first century, has shaped her life. What she does, with clarity, beauty, and candor, is to document, often in their most extreme moments, the complex lives of others.

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who regularly works for The New York Times, ‬National Geographic, and ‬Time Magazine. Lynsey‬ began photographing professionally for the Buenos Aires Herald in 1996‬‬ with no previous photographic training. In 2000, she traveled to Afghanistan to document life under the Taliban, and has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, and Congo. In 2015, American Photo Magazine‬ named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. She has received the MacArthur Fellowship, and was part of a team of journalists from The New York Times that won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting in 2009. In 2011, she was awarded the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for her series, “Veiled Rebellion: Afghan Women.”

Lynsey’s recent work includes The Resilience of Children in Conflict for The New York Times Magazine, the plight of Syrian refugees for The New‬ York Times, the civil war in South Sudan, and‬ maternal mortality in Sierra Leone for Time‬. She released a New York‬ Times best-selling memoir, It’s What I Do‬, which chronicles her life as a‬ photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. Learn more:



Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know

Postponed due to illness. Date TBD

Peter's PhotoPeter Doherty has been involved in research on infection and immunity for 50 years. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for their discoveries concerning the specificity of the cell-mediated immune defence and the biological role of the MHC. He is the first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize and was Australian of the Year in 1997.

Still active in science and involved in large grant-funded programs at both institutions, he commutes between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, where he now spends most of his time. His research over the past four decades has focused on T cell-mediated immunity in virus infections, particularly with respect to CD8+ “killer” T cell effector function and memory.

Apart from his published reviews and research papers that can be found on PubMed, he is the author of several “lay” books, including A Light History of Hot Air, The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize, Their fate is Our Fate: How Birds Foretell Threats to our Health and the World and Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know. His current focus is increasingly on the public communication of science and on defending an evidence-based view of the world.

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