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Tales From the Front Lines: Reporting From Iraq and Afghanistan

Dexter Filkins is one of the most respected combat journalists of his generation. His 2008 book, The Forever War, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book and was named a best book of the year by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time and the Boston Globe. As part of a team of New York Times reporters, Filkins won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for dispatches from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In this lecture from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB, Filkins retraces the seven years he spent covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, using vivid images by some of the best photojournalists working today. Filkins’ intimate knowledge of many of the main actors – American, Iraqi and Afghan – in two of the most polarizing wars in American history, gives him a unique perspective on these contemporary conflicts.

Watch “Tales from the Front Lines: Reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan,” online now.


Meet Our Newest Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey

We just read the news that Pultizer Prize-winning author Natasha Trethewey is slated to be the next poet laureate of the United States, an amazing honor for someone who is only 46 years old. She’s also the first Southerner to hold the post.

Ms. Trethewey was a guest on UCTV’s “Lunch Poems” poetry reading series from UC Berkeley in 2010, which means you can watch and listen to her work right here, right now. Enjoy!