Writer Derek McGee to Discuss Nation-Building in Iraq
"Nation Building: Observations from the Ground"
Derek McGee, author of Dispatches from Fallujah
Monday, November 27, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center 3101
A veteran of the Marine infantry (2nd Battalion, 25th Marines), Derek McGee served two tours in Iraq. He is the author of When I Wished I Was Here: Dispatches From Fallujah (The Crumpled Press) described by film director Wes Craven as “beautifully written and very moving… God knows it’s a story that needs to be told, and Derek tells it like it is.” After his service, Mr. McGee returned to work at Merrill Lynch. Derek’s participation in the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement prompted a request from The Nation magazine to write an article chronicling his journey from Marine, to financier, to Occupy Wall Street protester. After leaving Wall Street, he studied Urban Affairs at Hunter College. He has appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and at various media outlets and lecture venues.
The Global Studies "From the Field" lecture series actively seeks guest presenters who can give our audience a direct, original and exciting understanding of how it feels to work "hands-on" on globally-minded projects. It chooses every semester a topic of high visibility in the current news. Past lectures have included the Ebola crisis, the Plastic pollution of oceans and the vibrant musical beat of the African Diaspora. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Global Studies Program and the Center for Civic Engagement in the School of Liberal Arts, as well as the Center for Multicultural Affairs.