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Speaker: Farah Stockman


Date: Thursday May 3, 2012

Time: Membership Social at 7:30
Program at 8:00 p.m.

Location: Coastal Georgia Center, 305 Fahm St. (behind the Visitor's Center) Directions and Map
Access: Open to the public and free for members, students and accompanying family members, educators and active military and their dependents. $10.00 charge for non-members.


Farah Stockman

Farah Stockman


Join us for an interesting "outside-in" perspective on the values and actions of the United States. Ms. Stockman has provided the following abstract of her talk:


There is a lot of talk these days on the campaign trail about “American exceptionalism” – the idea that the United States is unique in the world in its abilities, its mindset and its global contribution. A politician will never fail to get applause when he talks about how special this country is. This view of America as an exceptional country is so-widely held that failing to adopt it is widely considered unpatriotic. But underneath all of the politics and the rhetoric, the question remains: just how different are we from the rest of the world? What - if anything - sets us apart? As a journalist who has traveled the world, lived with street children in Kenya, talked with taxi drivers in Iran and spent countless hours with translators in Afghanistan, I have some theories on what makes us different. I believe three things set the United States apart today: its attitude towards charity, its culture of individualism and its ability to inspire people around the world. However, these traits also come with downsides. During my presentation, I will spell those out along with some common myths about “American exceptionalism.”


Farah Stockman grew up in East Lansing, MI and attended Harvard University, where she majored in Social Studies and minored in African history. After graduation in 1996, she moved to Kenya and established an educational program for street children called Jitegemee that continues to serve 200 children each year.

In 1997, she entered the world of journalism by interning with a New York Times reporter in Nairobi, helping to cover the Kenyan presidential elections and the aftermath of the 1998 Al Qaeda embassy bombings. Her work with the New York Times led her to freelance jobs with AP, Reuters and the Christian Science Monitor. In the fall of 1998, she moved to Arusha, Tanzania to cover the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

In 2000, she took a job with the Boston Globe, working for four years as a general assignment reporter in New England. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, she traveled to Pakistan to cover the investigation into Al Qaeda’s camps and the war in Afghanistan. From 2004 to 2011, she served as the Globe’s foreign affairs reporter, working from Washington DC, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Kenya, Guantanamo Bay and Britain.

Farah’s stories identifying US corporations that were using off-shore shell companies to side-step US laws won the 2009 Scripps Howard national journalism award. In 2008, she was part of a team that won 2nd place in the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.

She is currently a columnist and editorial writer at the Boston Globe and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.For a brief and interesting video of Ms. Stockman, please click here.
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