Writing the War on Terror: A Conversation with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin

Check out this event from Professor William Pinch!

Discuss writing fiction, non-fiction, and criticism with Elliot Ackerman and Pete Molin at the Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mount Vernon Street.

Ackerman is a novelist and long-form journalist who has published three novels and numerous essays. His writings have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times Magazine, among other publications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories and The Best American Travel Writing. His next book, Places and Names, reflects on the nature of combat and the human cost of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. It is due out in July. He is both a former White House Fellow and Marine, and served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He divides his time between New York City and Washington, D.C. You can learn more about Elliot Ackerman and his work at http://elliotackerman.com.

Molin is a former Army officer who served in infantry units at Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; and in Korea. In 2008-2009, he was an advisor to Afghan National Army forces in Khost and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan. He also holds a PhD in American Literature from Indiana University and for many years taught literature and writing at the US Military Academy at West Point. He retired from active duty in 2015 and now enjoys teaching in the Rutgers University Writing Program. He is an avid reader and prolific critic of all manner of war literature. You can read some of his work at https://acolytesofwar.com

Please join us for a lively discussion with two impressive prose stylists!

(Cookies and beverages will be available too, to sweeten the conversation.)

Made possible with the generous support of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Shapiro Writing Center.

Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 5 – 6:15 PM
Place: Shapiro Writing Center, 116 Mt Vernon St.