UNA-USA New York Chapter Presents BookTalkUNA: Notes on a Foreign Country

An American Abroad in a Post-American World

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Please join us for a discussion with Author and Journalist

Thursday | 28 September 2017 | 6:00 PM


Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza
Kaufman Center – 12th Floor
New York, NY



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About the speaker:

Suzy Hansen left her country, moved to Istanbul—and discovered America

In the wake of the September 11 attacks and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Suzy Hansen, who grew up in an insular conservative town in New Jersey, was enjoying early success as a journalist for a high-profile New York newspaper. Increasingly, though, the disconnect between the chaos of world events and the response at home took on pressing urgency for her. Seeking to understand the Muslim world that had been reduced to scaremongering headlines, she moved to Istanbul.

Hansen arrived in Istanbul with romantic ideas about a mythical city perched between East and West, and with a naïve sense of the Islamic world beyond. Over the course of her many years of living in Turkey and traveling in Greece, Egypt, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran, she learned a great deal about these countries and their cultures and histories and politics.

But the greatest, most unsettling surprise would be what she learned about her own country — and herself, an American abroad in the era of American decline. It would take leaving her home to discover what she came to think of as the two Americas: the country and its people, and the experience of American power around the world. She came to understand that anti-Americanism is not a violent pathology. It is, Hansen writes, "a broken heart… a one-hundred-year-old relationship."

Blending memoir, journalism, and history, and deeply attuned to the voices of those she met on her travels, Notes on a Foreign Country is a moving reflection on America's place in the world.

Join us for our evening BookTalkUNA with Suzy Hansen, as she shares a powerful journey of self-discovery and revelation, and offers a profound reckoning on what it means to be American in a moment of grave national and global turmoil.

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