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WREFORD WATSON LECTURE 2016

Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor for Channel 4 News*

*WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS: HOW WARFARE AND WHATSAPP ARE CHANGING REPORTING*

Lindsey is a renowned TV journalist and writer. Recently she reported the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe and Lebanon and the Paris terror attacks, as well as conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and Mali. She covered the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the genocide in Rwanda, as well as witnessing the Arab Spring uprisings in Libya and Egypt. From 2006-8 she was based in China. She is the author of Sandstorm; Libya in the Time of Revolution, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award and is currently writing a biography of Marie Colvin, the war correspondent who was killed in Syria in 2012.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Essex in 2004, and has won several awards including the Royal Television Society Journalist of the Year, James Cameron Award, One World Broadcasting Trust Award, Voice of the Viewer and Listener, and the Charles Wheeler Award. In 2015, Lindsey Hilsum was awarded the Mungo Park Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society by HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh.

The lecture will be a first-hand account of war reporting. Lindsey will discuss the new ways refugees and reporters try to overcome restrictions on movement and information. Governments and rebel groups use increasingly brutal methods to stop journalists from seeing what’s really going on while, under the pressure of mass migration, Europe has re-imposed borders that had melted away. In reponse, new virtual geographies are being created as citizen journalists send videos by Youtube and refugees resort to smugglers and move cash through cyberspace.

The Wreford Watson Lecture series commemorates the life and work of James Wreford Watson (1915-1990), the distinguished geographer and poet, who held a chair at the University of Edinburgh (from 1953 to 1983) and who served as Chief Geographer to the Canadian Government.

The lecture will be held at the George Square Lecture Theatre, George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH on Thursday 12 May 2016. Please aim to arrive by 16:15 for a lecture start at 16:30

The Lecture will be introduced by Professor Charles W J Withers, Ogilvie Chair of Geography in the University of Edinburgh and Geographer Royal for Scotland.

You are also cordially invited to the wine reception following the lecture to be held in The Atrium, ECCI, High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Note that you can reserve up to two tickets for the lecture. . Enquiries about the lecture can be directed to Alex Tod, Administrative Secretary, School of Geosciences (Tel: 0131 651 5850).

For Parking and Disabled Access:

http://www.docs.csg.ed.ac.uk/EstatesBuildings/Development/Access%20Guides/George%20Square%20Theatre%20Guide%20to%20Access.pdf

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University of Edinburgh

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United Kingdom

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Organiser School of Geosciences, The University of Edinburgh

Organiser of Wreford Watson Public Lecture 2016

The Wreford Watson Lecture Series commemorates the life and work of James Wreford Watson (1915-1990) a geographer and poet who formerly held the chair in the Geography Department at Edinburgh.

The Lecture is given each year by a prominent intellectual from outwith or inside the academic discipline of Geography.

They are offered the opportunity to speak on a geographical topic of their choice.The purpose of this annual lecture is to set geographical ideas within a wider culture of public intellectualism.

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