The New York Review of Books will present a discussion about the ways contemporary journalism has addressed moments of political and social crisis. The program, presented with the Community Bookstore, is scheduled for Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., featuring Justine van der Leun, Howard French, Elizabeth Bruenig, Mark Danner, and Darryl Pinckney. Register here.
Justine van der Leun is an independent journalist, an author, and a fellow at Type Media Center. Her most recent book is We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation, published in 2016).
Howard W. French is a career foreign correspondent and global affairs writer and the author of four books, including three works of non-fiction, a work of documentary photography. His most recent non-fiction book, titled Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power, was published in 2017.
Elizabeth “Liz” Bruenig, a native Texan, graduated from Brandeis in 2013 and earned her Master’s of Philosophy in Christian theology at Cambridge University. In 2016 she joined The Washington Post, where she worked through a hectic election season and commissioned the section’s most-read articles. Two years later Bruenig became a columnist in the Post’s Opinion section and was a finalist in feature writing for the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes. In 2020 she joined The New York Times as an opinion writer.
Mark Danner is a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books and a former staff writer at the New Yorker and has covered foreign affairs and politics for three decades. He is the author of The Massacre at El Mozote, Torture and Truth, Stripping Bare the Body and Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, among other books. A MacArthur Fellow, he teaches at Berkeley and at Bard.
Darryl Pinckney, also a regular NYRB contributor, is the author of two novels, High Cotton and Black Deutschland, and three works of non-fiction, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature, Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy, and Busted in New York and Other Essays.