UConn Alumnus John Yearwood, “Dispatches from a World in Need of Healing”

UConn Alumnus John Yearwood, “Dispatches from a World in Need of Healing”Come hear a lecture by UConn alumnus and award-winning multimedia journalist, John Yearwood entitled, “Dispatches From a World in Need of Healing,” on Friday, October 12, at 3:00 p.m. in Konover Auditorium. Mr. Yearwood will discuss his personal journey through some of the past and present major conflicts that have occurred around the world, and his meetings with leaders who offer insight into their behavior, such as President Assad of Syria. He will also discuss other people with whom he’s met—Nelson Mandela in South Africa and Haitian dancer Jeanguy Saintus—who, in their own way, are working to heal the world.

Mr. Yearwood is World Editor of The Miami Herald and host of World Desk with John Yearwood, which focuses on global issues and newsmakers. His department has won numerous awards under his leadership, including two McClatchy Company President’s Awards, an Arthur Ross Award, and recognition as Pulitzer Prize finalist. Yearwood has served on the executive boards of Unity Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He also was named one of the 40 most influential African-Americans under 40 in South Florida and one of the 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans in South Florida.

Yearwood has traveled extensively in his quarter-century as a journalist. His assignments have included coverage of Africa’s democratic revolution, the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa, the attempted coup in Trinidad and Tobago, the military uprising in the Congo that eventually toppled dictator Mobuto Sese Seko, and the Oklahoma City bombing. He has led news staffs in coverage of the second Gulf War, the September 11 terrorist attacks and Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. In addition to Mandela, he has interviewed President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and he’s one of the few journalists to interview President Bashar Assad of Syria.

Check out his blog at: http://worlddispatch.wordpress.com/.

This event counts toward Sophomore Honors.

Event Co-Sponsors: African American Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Global Leadership Commission, Honors Program, Office of First Year Programs and Learning Communities, and the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center.