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George Packer’s Betrayed


Nov 10 2014


11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

George Packer’s Betrayed- A Staged Reading and Discussion

George Packer’s Betrayed

A Staged Reading and Discussion

Duke students performed a staged reading of selections from George Packer’s play Betrayed, exploring the relationships between American military and diplomatic personnel stationed in Iraq and the interpreters who assisted them. The reading was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by D.G. Martin, with Kirk Johnson, founder of The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies; Professor Abdul Sattar Jawad, Duke University Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies; Professor Jayne Huckerby, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law; and Matt Victoriano, Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq war and local entrepreneur and activist.

Links to some of George Packer’s and Kirk Johnson’s writings about interpreters, along with other related resources (PDF)


Kirk Johnson

Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the…...

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Abdul Sattar Jawad

Duke University

Abdul Sattar Jawad (known also as 'Al-Mamouri') is an Iraqi-born Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He received a Ph.D in English Literature and Journalism, London's City University (UK). He has been a Barksdale Fellow at the University of Mississippi Honors College; a Visiting Professor…...

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Jayne Huckerby

Duke University

Jayne Huckerby is clinical professor of law and inaugural director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Duke, she most recently served as a human rights adviser to UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – on women and…...

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