Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter and former Marine infantry officer C.J. Chivers will discuss his book "The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan And Iraq" as part of the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy's fall lecture series.
Chivers has been covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since their beginnings, back to being on scene minutes after the first passenger jet struck the World Trade Center in 2001. In 2009 he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage from Afghanistan and Pakistan, and in 2017 he won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing for his New York Times Magazine story about a veteran suffering from PTSD who was jailed after returning from the Afghan war. That veteran was released from prison based on Chivers' work.
With "The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq," Chivers returns to his subjects to follow the long human arc of the two wars by tracing the lives of six American service members over 17 years.
For students in the "Anchor" cohort of the Navigator program, the lecture fulfills the core values of consciousness of self, congruence and commitment. For students in the "Crew" cohort, the lecture fulfills the core values of controversy with civility.