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McGill Lecture and Symposium

November 15, 2017

The McGill Lecture will be given by  Souad Mekhennet, National Security Desk correspondent at The Washington Post and author of “I Was Told to Come Alone.” The lecture, “Being a Female Reporter Behind the Lines of Jihad,” will start at 4 p.m. in Studio 100.

Souad Mekhennet is a German journalist and author who has written or worked for The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and The Daily Beast. She is currently a correspondent on the national security desk at The Washington Post. Since 9/11, Mekhennet has covered conflicts and terrorist attacks in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. She has gained rare access to the inner circles of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and ISIS, and her latest book, “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad,” recounts some of her most dangerous assignments.

Join us for a nearly 40-year tradition as the McGill Lecture brings significant figures in journalism to the University of Georgia to honor Ralph McGill’s courage as an editor. Also included is the McGill Symposium, celebrating its tenth year of bringing together students, faculty and leading journalists to consider what journalistic courage means and how reporters and editors exemplify it.


November 15, 2017