WWS Calendar

Katherine Nouri Hughes MA '84, Author, “The Mapmaker's Daughter;” advisory council member, Princeton Department of Near Eastern Studies

Oct 9, 2017 04:30PM to 06:00PM
Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
Katherine Nouri Hughes MA '84, Author, “The Mapmaker's Daughter;” advisory council member, Princeton Department of Near Eastern Studies

Set in the 16th century, “The Mapmaker’s Daughter” by Katherine Nouri Hughes follows the deathbed confessions of Cecilia Baffo Veniero, later known as Nurbanu, an illegitimate Venetian who became the most powerful woman under the Ottoman Empire’s Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The mesmerizing and often tragic lives of the Ottoman royalty, as described in this historical fiction novel, serve as the backbone of the Netflix series “Magnificent Century.”

Nouri Hughes ’84, author of “The Mapmaker’s Daughter” and former vice president for communications at the Milken Family Foundation, will discuss her book Monday, Oct. 9, 4:30 p.m., at Robertson Hall’s Bowl 016 on the Princeton University campus. Her talk will be followed by a book sale and signing.

After receiving her master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 1984, Nouri Hughes lived in Egypt and worked at the American University in Cairo. She later served as vice president at Robinson, Lake, Lerer & Montgomery, a public relations agency in New York, and then as vice president of communications at the Milken Family Foundation for 12 years.

Nouri-Hughes is currently a member of the board of trustees at Milken Family Foundation and serves on the boards of WNET13, New York’s principal public media provider; the American University in Cairo; and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. She is also a member of the advisory council of the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University.