An Evening with NPR International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on The New Cold War

National Public Radio International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

National Public Radio International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson (Photo provided by NPR)

The World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts is pleased to present, in cooperation with New England Public Radio, National Public Radio‘s International Correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on “The New Cold War – A frontline perspective” on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at a dinner event at the Springfield Sheraton Hotel.  

Pulitzer Prize wining author William Taubman of Amherst College (Photo credit: Frank Ward.)

Pulitzer Prize wining author William Taubman of Amherst College (Photo credit: Frank Ward.)

Ms. Nelson will appear in conversation with Dr. William Taubman, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College and author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning biography Khrushchev: The Man and His Era.

This is event is generously sponsored by Baystate Health, NEPR, BusinessWest, and an anonymous donor.

Please register by Friday, December 5.  You can do so online here.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cash bar reception for regular ticket holders and a private Speaker’s Reception for premium ticket holders.  Dinner and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Regular tickets are $50 per person.  A limited number of premium tickets are available for $250, which admit two people to the Speaker’s Reception in addition to the dinner. Premium ticket holders will also be recognized in the evening’s program.

International correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson is based in Berlin and covers Central Europe for National Public Radio. Her reports can be heard on NPR’s award-winning programs including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  She was previously based in Cairo and covered the Arab World for NPR from the Middle East to North Africa. Nelson returns to Egypt on occasion to cover the tumultuous transition to democracy there.  

In 2006, Nelson opened the NPR Kabul Bureau. During the following three and a half years, she gave listeners in an in-depth sense of life inside Afghanistan, from the increase in suicide among women in a country that treats them as second class citizens to the growing interference of Iran and Pakistan in Afghan affairs. For her coverage of Afghanistan, she won a Peabody Award, Overseas Press Club Award and the Gracie in 2010. She received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award from Colby College in 2011 for her coverage in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

Nelson spent 20 years as newspaper reporter, including as Knight Ridder’s Middle East Bureau Chief. While at the Los Angeles Times, she was sent on extended assignment to Iran and Afghanistan following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. She spent three years an editor and reporter for Newsday and was part of the team that won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for covering the crash of TWA Flight 800.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nelson speaks Farsi, Dari and German.

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About Cynthia Melcher

Cynthia Melcher is Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts
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