POSTPONED UNTIL FALL – Veteran writer Elizabeth Rubins lecture

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KINGSTON, R.I.—March 31, 2009 — Elizabeth Rubin, an Edward R. Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations will speak at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Swan Hall Auditorium, 60 Upper College Rd., Kingston Campus. Her talk, free and open to the public, is the second annual Amanpour Lecture.

A contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, Rubin has covered the Afghanistan and Iraq wars for that publication as well as for The New Republic. She has written for other major national and international publications and has appeared on such networks as C-SPAN, CNN, PBS, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Rubin has won numerous awards and honors including the 2008 1st Prize Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents, the 2004 Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Travel Writing for “The Road to Herat,” in The Atlantic Monthly, and the 2003 Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia University and her master of philosophy at Oxford University, Balliol College, England.

She speaks, reads, and writes French, reads Arabic, and has a street-level understanding of speaking and comprehending Serbo-Croat.

CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, a 1983 URI alumna and 1995 honorary degree recipient, endows the annual speaker series, designed to help the University bring well-respected professional journalists to campus.

Amanpour is married to Jamie Rubin, former spokesperson for the State Department. Elizabeth Rubin is his sister.

The event is coordinated by URI’s Journalism Department.