Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario will speak about her experiences covering the conflict in Afghanistan in an online event on Sunday, November 21, at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by multiple Chicago-area libraries and nonprofit organizations.
In the online presentation, Addario will discuss what life was like especially for women during the Taliban's rule, how life has changed for Afghan women over the past 20 years, and how Afghans are reacting now. Her talk will be accompanied by some of the powerful images captured during her work in Afghanistan. Award-winning interviewer Steve Edwards, formerly of WBEZ and the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, will moderate the conversation.
Addario was a member of the New York Times team awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for the photographic essay “Talibanistan.” In making the award, the Pulitzer committee noted the perilous conditions under which the work was performed.
In addition, Addario is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” and in 2015 was named one of five most influential photographers of the past 25 years by American Photo Magazine. She is also the author of the bestselling memoir It’s What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War.
“Both Lynsey’s experience and her photos should provide an awareness of events in Afghanistan,” notes Beth Keller, marketing specialist for Highland Park Public Library. “We’re thrilled to be able to bring an event with her to our communities, especially in light of current events.”
Throughout the pandemic, local public libraries including Highland Park and Vernon Area have hosted many online events. The videoconferencing format allows attendees to engage, learn, and connect in a safe and accessible way. Such is the idea with the event featuring Addario.
Says Heidi Smith, executive director at Highland Park Public Library, “Our upcoming event with Lynsey Addario represents a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into a current world situation. By bringing such outstanding speakers such as Addario to the community and partnering with other libraries in the area and across the state, we’re able to offer our communities access to important speakers, their ideas, and their work.”
“An Afternoon With Pulitzer Prize–Winning Photojournalist Lynsey Addario: Picturing Afghanistan” takes place on Sunday, November 21, at 2 p.m. The event is hosted by a group of 20 libraries and nonprofit organizations across Illinois. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. To register, visit VAPLD.info/calendar.