My trip to al-Qaeda with Lawrence Wright
9/12/2011, 7:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Langford Auditorium (Google map of this location)
Project Dialogue presents: "My Trip to al-Qaeda with Lawrence Wright"
Screening of the HBO documentary and Panel Discussion
Reception and book signing to follow
In 2006, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright staged “My Trip to al-Qaeda,” a one-man play that explored the moral dilemmas he encounter while researching his bestselling book “The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.”
Now Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (”Taxi to the Dark Side”) brings Wright’s off-Broadway show to the screen chronicling fundamentalist Islam’s rise to power, as well as Wright’ struggle to maintain objectivity as a journalist in the wake of 9/11.
A firsthand account of Wright’s experience researching his 2006 book “The Looming Tower: al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” “My Trip to al-Qaeda” sheds important light on al-Qaeda, Islamic radicalism, hostility to America and the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East overall.
The riveting travelogue/performance piece combines Wright’s first-person narrative with documentary footage and photographs, while raising important questions about the war on terrorism, and whether the U.S. stance as a role model is justified.
Co sponsors: OACS, DOS, and The Commons