Lincoln historian, NPR foreign correspondent headline ASU Lecture Series
Noted Lincoln historian Harold Holzer opens University Distinguished Lecture Series Feb. 8 at Appalachian State University with the talk, "Why Lincoln Matters-To History, To Our Presidents, and Us."
On March 23, National Public Radio (NPR) senior foreign correspondent Anne Garrels will speak on "From the Frontlines: Global Reports from an NPR Correspondent." Both talks begin at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium. Admission is free.
Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. A prolific writer and lecturer, and frequent guest on television, he serves as co‐chairman of the United States Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and is senior vice president for external Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Holzer has authored, coauthored, and edited 30 books on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, including "The Lincoln Image," "Lincoln Seen and Heard," "Dear Mr. Lincoln: Letters to the President," "Lincoln as I Knew Him" and "Lincoln on Democracy."
His book, "Lincoln at Cooper Union: The Speech That Made Abraham Lincoln President" (2004), won the prestigious Lincoln Prize.
His most recent book, "Lincoln President-Elect" (October 2008), examines the four months between Lincoln's election and inauguration, when the president‐elect made the most important decision of his coming presidency - when he rejected compromises urged on him by Republicans and Democrats, Northerners and Southerners, that might have preserved the Union a little longer but would have enshrined slavery for generations.
After a stint as the State Department correspondent for NBC News, Garrels moved to NPR in 1988. Her work has taken her from Central America in the mid-1980s to Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. She was Moscow bureau chief and correspondent until she was expelled in 1982.
Garrels is perhaps best known for her recent work from the Middle East, where she was one of 16 correspondents to remain in Baghdad during the U.S. bombing in 2003. Her reports to NPR during and after the siege provided listeners with vivid accounts of the war and its impacts.
Garrels wrote up those experiences in a bestselling book, "Naked in Baghdad: the Iraqi war and the aftermath as seen by NPR's correspondent Anne Garrels," published in 2003. In her book, Garrels pulls no punches, describing how some network reporters curried favors with the Iraqi authorities to get stories, while others simply made up material to get on the air. The book, which contains letters to and from her husband during the ordeal, does not focus on the military aspects, says Garrels, so much as "...how people survive, and how the process of war affects the attitudes of all sides involved, and how they pull out of it."
The book was an Audie Award finalist, while the audio version was an Audie Award winner.
Garrels is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism Award in 2003, and the George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.