War Stories Peace Stories is proud to announce that the journalist and screenwriter Alexis Okeowo will be a special guest speaker at the April 11, 2018 WSPS Symposium.
A staff writer at “The New Yorker,” Her work has also appeared in the “New York Times Magazine,” the “Financial Times,” “Time,” and “Fortune,” among other publications. The daughter of immigrant parents, Okeowo grew up in Alabama and attended Princeton University. She was based in Lagos, Nigeria, from 2012 to 2015, and now lives in Brooklyn. Her first book, “A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism In Africa,” is a vivid narrative of Africans who are courageously resisting their continent’s wave of fundamentalism. It is a “New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice” and has been named a Finalist for the PEN America 2018 Literary Awards.
“In her beautiful new book, Alexis Okeowo shows us that you don’t need to carry a gun to be a hero,” said Jamil Simon, the project’s Executive Director. “She focuses on intensely personal acts of resistance and the stories of everyday people who, in the face of the worst kinds of extremism, violence, and conflict, find a way to push back with dignity and strength. She shows us that out of chaos and ambiguity a powerful clarity and persistence can emerge. Peace can emerge. Hearts and minds can be changed. We’re excited for her to share her unique perspective with our symposium attendees.”
Okeowo joins writer and filmmaker Sebastian Junger on the War Stories Peace Stories stage for this symposium. Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.