Thanassis Cambanis to discuss new book, "A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel," November 9
Thanassis Cambanis M.P.A. '00, journalist and adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, will present a public lecture titled "Inside Hezbollah: Who Joins the Legions of the Party of God?" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 9 in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall. A public reception and book signing will follow the event in the Bernstein gallery.
Cambanis is a journalist and teacher specializing in the Middle East. He also teaches at the New School’s graduate program in international affairs. He has covered the Arab world since 2003, including four years as The Boston Globe Baghdad and as the paper’s Middle East bureau chief. He contributes regularly to The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Global Post and Foreign Affairs.
He is the author of the book A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel. Cambanis spent four years inside the community of Hezbollah, chronicling the lives of the rank-and-file volunteers who have turned the Party of God into the premier ideological and militant force in the Middle East. In the book, he brings us close to the "soccer moms" and weekend warriors of Hezbollah, the middle class men and women who are willing to die but also to dedicate their lives to expanding Hezbollah's "Society of Islamic Resistance." Through their stories, Cambanis explains why Hezbollah has become the most dynamic and influential movement in the Middle East, and how it is changing the region's relationship to Israel and the U.S.
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