Award-Winning Journalist to Discuss Rage across Islamic World

Robin Wright to Speak March 27 at Ohio Wesleyan University

Robin Wright

DELAWARE, OHIO – Foreign policy analyst and award-winning journalist Robin Wright will present “Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion across the Islamic World” at 7 p.m. March 27 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Wright will speak in the Benes Rooms of Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. Afterward, she will sign copies of her 2011 book of the same title. The event is free and open to the public.

During her career, Wright has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents and for outlets including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The New Yorker. Her foreign tours have included the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Wright has been a fellow at Yale, Duke, Stanford, the Brookings Institution, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Her awards include the U.N. Correspondents Gold Medal, the National Magazine Award, and the Overseas Press Club Award for “best reporting in any medium requiring exceptional courage and initiative.”

The American Academy of Diplomacy also selected Wright as its journalist of the year in 2004. In addition to “Rock the Casbah,” she also is the author of “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East,” “The Last Great Revolution: Turmoil and Transformation in Iran,” “Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam,” and “In the Name of God: The Khomeini Decade.”

Wright’s presentation is the university’s 2011-2012 John Kennard Eddy Lecture on World Politics. This lecture series honors the life of Ohio Wesleyan student “Jeff” Eddy, killed in an automobile accident in 1988.


Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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