Dispatches From the Lost Country of Mali, a lecture by journalist Peter Chilson. Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council.
Peter Chilson has been traveling to West Africa since 1985 and was one of the first Westerners to travel to Mali after the collapse of democratic rule in 2012.
His journalistic reports have been published by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and Foreign Policy and discussed on Tina Brown’s NPR Must Reads program.
Chilson teaches writing and literature at Washington State University. He has received multiple awards for both his fiction and non-fiction writings, including the Associated Writing Programs Award for Riding the Demon: On the Road in West Africa (University of Georgia Press 1999; the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Bakless Fiction Prize; and the Maria Thomas Fiction Prize for Disturbance-Loving Species: A Novella and Stories (Mariner Books 2007). His work was included in the 2003 and 2008 editions of Best American Travel Writing and has appeared in various other collections of creative nonfiction.