On April 5, 2017 join the DePauw University community for a special Boswell Symposium: New Ways of Writing War.

This event, which is free and open to the public, brings to DePauw Dexter Filkins, one of the most respected war journalists of our time, to discuss his experiences on the front lines and his strategies for “writing war.”

The Boswell Symposium begins at 4:15 PM with a panel discussion in the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media’s Watson Forum:

Filkins will join Pulitzer Prize winning DePauw alum Ben Solomon (The New York Times), who will appear via Skype, in a panel discussion on New Ways of Writing War, moderated by Elizabeth Eslami (Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing).

Filkins and Solomon will later be joined by DePauw University faculty Samuel Autman (Associate Professor of English) for a broader conversation about the current state journalism. Conversation between speakers, students, and faculty will be wide-ranging and inclusive, addressing the challenges and responsibilities of shaping and sharing stories of conflict, as well as what it means to write war in this time of great technological advancement, when readers can inhabit a bombed city via virtual reality. Panelists will discuss what brought them to journalism, how they see journalism evolving for better and/or worse, the publishing process, advice for young DePauw writers, and the building blocks of good storytelling. This event is aimed at students of history—including the public—and writers across disciplines.

Following the panel, please join us at 8 PM in DePauw’s Thompson Recital Hall in the Green Center for the Performing Arts for a presentation by Dexter Filkins that will include stories from the front lines of war.

Dexter Filkins’s bestselling classic of war reporting, The Forever War (winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Best Book of the Year), will be sold after this event, and the author will be available to sign copies.

The Boswell Symposium is sponsored by Tom and Cheryl Boswell, as well as the following members of our campus community:

Kelly Writers Series
Prindle Institute for Ethics
Peace and Conflict Studies
Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media
Public Occasions Committee