Monday, October 5, 2009

PUBLIC CONVERSATION: After Kapuściński: The Art of Reportage in the 21st Century

The Polish Cultural Institute in New York,
the National Book Critics Circle,
the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, and
the Literary Reportage concentration at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute

A Public Conversation

Tuesday, October 6
5:00-7:00 PM: The Art of Reportage on the Ground and on the Page
7:30-9:30 PM: Literary Reportage Between Fact and Fiction, Self and Other
Wednesday, October 7
6:30-8:30 PM: Kapuscinski's Legacy in the 21st Century

Hemmerdinger Hall, New York University
100 Washington Square East, New York, NY
Admission: Free and open to the public

This two-day symposium offers an exciting public conversation about the state of the art of reportage amid a rapidly changing media landscape, various approaches to and practices of long-form and literary journalism, and the ongoing legacy of renowned practitioners like Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński.

Ryszard Kapuściński, who died in 2007, was one of the most celebrated and controversial journalists of the last fifty years. He found his calling covering Africa. In his early years he developed the technique of two notebooks: one allowed him to earn his living with the bread and butter of agency reporting of facts, while the other was filled with the experiences, sights and smells of Africa. This second notebook developed into his famous books The Emperor (1978) which chronicled the fall of Haile Selassie of Ethopia, Another Day of Life(1976) a unique and closely observed account of the collapse of Portuguese colonialism in Angola, and Shah of Shahs (1982) on the last days of Shah Pahlavi of Iran.