TELLING AFGHANISTAN with Sebastian Junger, Elliot Ackerman, Jen Percy and Peter Van Agtmael

Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8 - 10pm, Doors 7:30


There will be a limited number of standing room only tickets available at the door for the reduced price of $15. But don't worry! If you are unable to get in, you'll be able to view clips from the talk on about a week after the event. You can contact us with any questions by filling out the form below.


SEBASTIAN JUNGER is a freelance journalist, documentarian and best-selling author of "The Perfect Storm," "War," "A Death in Belmont" and "Fire." He has covered major international news stories since the early 1990s in combat zones around the world including Bosnia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and his work has also been published in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, and Men's Journal. Junger's documentary "Restrepo," which he co-directed with close friend and colleague Tim Hetherington, won the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. In 2013, Junger directed "Which Way is the Frontline From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington." In 2014 he released "Korengal," a sequel to "Restrepo," and "The Last Patrol."


ELLIOT ACKERMAN, author of the forthcoming novel "Green on Blue" (Scribner, 2015), is based out of Istanbul where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine and Ecotone among others. He is also a contributing editor at The Daily Beast, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ackerman spent eight years in the military as both an infantry and special operations officer. He has served multiple tours of duty in the Middle East and South West Asia. As a Marine Corps Special Operations Team Leader, he operated as the primary combat advisor to a 700-man Afghan commando battalion responsible for capture operations against senior Taliban leadership. He also led a 75-man platoon that aided in relief operations in post-Katrina New Orleans. Ackerman is a decorated veteran, having earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart for his role leading a Rifle Platoon in the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah and a Bronze Star for Valor while leading a Marine Corps Special Operations Team in Afghanistan in 2008.


JEN PERCY is the author of the nonfiction book "Demon Camp" (Scribner, 2014) that was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014. She has reported on Afghanistan for magazines like Harper's and The New Republic, and has essays​ forthcoming in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine and Foreign Policy. Percy has been featured on National Public Radio and BBC’s World News. Percy has also ​won a number of awards for her writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, a Pushcart Prize and multiple academic fellowships. She was a Truman Capote Fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and received an Iowa Arts Fellowship from the nonfiction writing program.


PETER VAN AGTMAEL is a photographer represented by Magnum Photos. His book "Disco Night Sept. 11" (Red Hook Editions, 2014) is a chronicle of America's wars from 2006-2013. Van Agtmael studied history at Yale, graduating with honors in 2003. Since the beginning of 2006, he has documented the consequences of America's wars, at home and abroad. A monograph of the work, "2nd Tour Hope I Don't Die" was published in 2009. In 2008, he helped organize the exhibition and book "Battlespace," a retrospective of unseen work from 22 photographers covering Iraq and Afghanistan. He has won the W. Eugene Smith Grant, the ICP Infinity Award for Young Photographer, the Lumix Freelens Award, as well as awards from World Press Photo, American Photography Annual, The Pulitzer Center, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Photo District News. Van Agtmael joined Magnum in 2008 and became a full member in 2013.


In this special War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery event, ticket proceeds benefit both RISC, which provides emergency medical training and equipment to freelance conflict journalists, and Words After War, which organizes high-quality literary programming to provide veterans, their families and civilian supporters with the tools they need to tell their stories.


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