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The College of Arts and Sciences
The 2021 Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding presents

Snapshots from a Journalist's Notebook

David Ignatius
Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Washington Post

A globetrotting, on-the-ground journalist, David Ignatius has been making sense of the world for more than 40 years. With his unique ability to access the CIA, the Pentagon, the NSA, and Capitol Hill, Ignatius gives his readers a rare look at the world rarely covered by the evening news and takes them inside the stories and issues shaping the world.

In this discussion, Ignatius draws from his long career in journalism to reflect on the current state of the world and shares his view on how we got to where we are, and where we may be headed. With the growing 
distrust of governments and institutions world-wide, Ignatius makes a case for the increasing importance of fact-based reporting, especially as the changing nature of  journalism and the overall spread of information is jeopardizing the truth.

Ignatius will also touch upon the most controversial stories he's covered recently, such as the gruesome murder of his colleague and friend, Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, and what the implications of his death mean for ties between U.S. intelligence agencies and foreign governments, bringing to light the covert, world-wide information war.

The Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding is an endowed lecture series of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University established in 1997 by Jeffrey L. Kenner '65 '66.

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