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Rory Stewart
Rory Stewart
Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and author of The Places In Between, an account of his trek across Afghanistan

"Afghanistan: Rhetoric and Reality"
Humanities Lecture Series

Mon., Mar. 29, 2010, 7:30pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
Co-Sponsored by Kansas Public Radio.

In 2002, Rory Stewart covered 6,000 miles on foot across Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. Using what Tom Bissell of the New York Times Book Review describes as "a novelist's sense of character and a comedian's sense of timing," Stewart relates that journey in his critically acclaimed book, The Places in Between. In this lecture, he will share with audiences his intimate knowledge of the region.

Now serving as the Ryan Family Professor of the Practice of Human Rights and Director of Harvard University's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Stewart is also the founder and Chief Executive of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a non-profit organization in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2003, he started working for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq, and was recognized for his service with the Order of the British Empire. In 2006, drawing from these experiences with the CPA he published The Prince of the Marshes.

Stewart earned his BA and MA in Modern History and Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University, served as an officer in the British Army, and worked for the British Diplomatic Service in Indonesia, Montenegro and elsewhere. He has written for the New York Times Magazine and the London Review of Books, among other publications.
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