Cambridge, MA – Former Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter will join the Harvard Kennedy School as the Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs and Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As Secretary of Defense, Carter, a physicist, became known for pushing the Pentagon to “think outside its five-sided box” in order to transform the way the military fought adversaries and strengthened alliances, managed its budget and talent, developed its technology, and more. He will now lead the Belfer Center’s programs and will focus his scholarship on the role of innovation and technology in addressing challenges at home and around the world.
Samar Yazbek is a Syrian writer and journalist. She was born in Jablé in 1970, and studied Arabic literature. She has written in a wide variety of genres - novels, short stories, film scripts, television dramas, film and TV criticism. Yazbek witnessed in person and actively participated in the first four months of the Syrian intifada. Throughout she kept a diary of personal reflections. Her outspoken views published in print, online, and on Facebook quickly attracted the attention and fury of the regime, as vicious rumors spread about her disloyalty to the homeland and the Alawite community from which she comes. Woman in the Crossfire weaves together her struggle to protect herself and her young daughter after she is forced to leave her home and live on the run, detained multiple times, and eventually flees to Europe.
Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.
This event is co-Sponsored by the Middle East Forum at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Followed by a book signing at 1:30pm at the Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA.