At the age of 23, immediately following the Twin Tower attacks, Kate Brooks--a 2012-13 U-M Knight-Wallace Fellow--moved to Pakistan to photograph the impact of the U.S. foreign policy in the region. It was the start of a ten-year odyssey covering world changing events, from the hunt for Osama bin Laden in the mountains of Tora Bora and the American invasion of Iraq, to Lebanon's disenfranchised Palestinian population and the country's power struggles with Syria and Israel, the protests in Egypt's Tahrir Square and the beginning of the war in Libya.
In the Light of Darkness interweaves a selection of those images with a series of personal essays chronicling Brooks' own journey as a young woman, from 9/11 to the Arab Spring uprisings of early 2011. Her images capture the harsh beauty and poignant pain of a region mired in conflict while her words trace a personal narrative of loss--of friends, of colleagues, and of innocence.
Kate Brooks' photographs have been published in TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Smithsonian, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and her photographs have been exhibited in the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. A retrospective of her work was on exhibit at the Southeast Museum of Photography in 2011. She is a 2012-13 U-M Knight Wallace Fellow.
Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, March, 2009) and he also recently authored Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He has been a regular guest on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, and has also appeared on ABC Nightly News, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others.
The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, & Ann Arbor Book Festival.
Additional sponsorship for this event provided by Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows Program, Department of History, Center for Middle East and North African Studies.