NEW YORK—Brooklyn Brewery announced a new speaker series today that will feature monthly discussions with prominent journalists, photographers and documentarians who have covered wars from the front lines all around the world. The series will kick off on May 8 with Sebastian Junger, best–selling author of War and The Perfect Storm and director of Restrepo and Which Way is the Front Line From Here?
Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy, who was a Middle East war correspondent himself before going into the beer business, will interview Junger about his experience covering conflicts, his latest film, and RISC, the program that Junger founded after his friend Tim Hetherington was killed while covering the recent conflict in Libya. Proceeds from all ticket sales for the series will go to RISC to train and equip freelance conflict journalists to treat life-threatening injuries on the battlefield.
On June 12, the series will feature ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who was severely injured while reporting in Iraq in 2006 when the military convoy he was traveling with hit an IED (improvised explosive device). Freelance photojournalist Michael Kamber, a frequent contributor to The New York Times and founder of the Bronx Documentary Center, will speak at the Brewery on July 10. The New Yorker called Kamber’s new book “Photojournalists on War: The Untold Stories from Iraq,” a “monumental, eloquent, and devastating compilation of spoken testimony by photographers who covered the war over many years, along with their searing and, in some cases, never-before-published pictures.”
The “War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery” series will run through December. Speakers in the fall lineup include writer Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker and photojournalist Robert Nickelsberg of TIME magazine. Evenings will include film clips, photography slideshows, book signings, and Q & A from the audience. Following the discussion will be a reception with the evening’s featured speakers and a variety of Brooklyn beers on tap.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at www.togather.com/community/details/32.
The series is produced in partnership with Togather, a new literary resource that connects authors directly with readers to fansource events and make great cultural experiences accessible to audiences everywhere.