KLAMP Speaker: Sarah Stillman

Thursday, March 27, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Room 124
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 "Making Injustice Legible: A Conversation on Narrative Journalism and the Law"

Sarah Stillman will talk about the process of turning complex legal issues into readable narratives, using examples from three recent investigations for The New Yorker: stories on civil asset forfeiture, the police use of young people as confidential informants in the war on drugs, and the trafficking of foreign workers onto U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bio: Sarah Stillman is a staff writer for The New Yorker and a visiting scholar at N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She won a National Magazine Award and Overseas Press Club Award for her reporting from Iraq and Afghanistan on labor abuses and human trafficking on U.S. military bases there. Her reporting on the high-risk use of young people as confidential informants in the war on drugs received a George Polk Award and the Molly National Journalism Prize. She has written on topics ranging from civil forfeiture to amateur drone-builders, Mexico's drug cartels to Bangladesh's garment factory workers. 

Before joining The New Yorker, Stillman wrote about America’s wars overseas and the challenges facing soldiers at home for the Washington Post, The Nation, newrepublic.com, Slate.com, and theatlantic.com. She co-taught a seminar at Yale on the Iraq war, and also ran a creative-writing workshop for four years at the Cheshire Correctional Institution, a maximum-security men’s prison in Connecticut.

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