Castle Hill Presents "War and Peace in the Age of Trump"

Journalist Stephen Kinzer - August 21st at 6 p.m.
Award winning journalist Stephen Kinzer (Courtesy photo)


AUGUST 21, 2018, 6:00pm

Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill is excited to present Stephen Kinzer who will discuss his over 20 years working for the New York Times as a foreign correspondent.  The event will take place on August 21st on the back deck at 10 Meetinghouse Road.  Tickets for this event are $20 for non-members and free for members. 

Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. His articles and books have led the Washington Post to place him “among the best in popular foreign policy storytelling.

In the 80’s, Kinzer was the New York Times bureau chief in Nicaragua.  In that post, he covered war and upheaval in Central America. He also wrote two books about the region. One of them was co-authored with Stephen Schlesinger - Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala.  The other, Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua, is a social and political portrait that the New Yorker called “impressive for the refinement of its writing and also the breadth of its subject matter.” Columbia University awarded Kinzer its Maria Moors Cabot prize for outstanding coverage of Latin America.

During the early 90’s he was posted in Germany where he was chief of the New York Times bureau in Bonn, and after German unification became chief of the Berlin bureau. From there, he covered the emergence of post-Communist Europe, including wars in the former Yugoslavia.

Kinzer was named chief of the New York Times bureau in Istanbul, Turkey in 1996.  He spent four years there, traveling widely in Turkey and in the new nations of Central Asia and the Caucasus.  After completing this assignment, Kinzer published Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds.

In 2006 Kinzer published Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq.  It recounts 14 times the United States has overthrown foreign governments.  Kinzer seeks to explain why these interventions were carried out and what their long-term effects have been. He has made several trips to Iran, and is the author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror.  It tells how the CIA overthrew Iran’s nationalist government in 1953.

Kinzer wrote about Africa in his book A Thousand Hills: Rwanda’s Rebirth and the Man Who Dreamed It. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa called it “a fascinating account of a near-miracle unfolding before our very eyes.” In 2010 Kinzer published Reset: Iran, Turkey, and America’s Future, which Huffington Post called “a bold exercise in reimagining the United States’ big links in the Middle East.”

In 2017 Kinzer published The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire.  It describes America’s first great debate over military intervention abroad.

After leaving the Times in 2005, Kinzer taught journalism, political science, and international relations at Northwestern University and Boston University.  He is now a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University, and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe. While posted in Turkey, Kinzer hosted the country’s first radio show devoted to blues music.  He is the author of the entry on Jelly Roll Morton in The New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge.

In 2008 Kinzer was awarded an honorary doctorate by Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.  The citation said that “those of us who have had the pleasure of hearing his lectures or talking to him informally will probably never see the world in the same way again.”

The University of Scranton awarded Kinzer an honorary doctorate in 2010.  “Where there has been turmoil in the world and history has shifted, Stephen Kinzer has been there,” the citation said.  “Neither bullets, bombs nor beating could dull his sharp determination to bring injustice and strife to light.”

To purchase tickets visit or call 508-349-7511.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

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