Carleton hosts award-winning German journalist Wolfgang Bauer

September 22, 2016

As part of a German Campus Week at Carleton focused on connecting Germany and the U.S., award-winning German journalist Wolfgang Bauer will speak on Friday, Sept. 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 236. Considered to be one of the world’s most sought-after journalists, Bauer will share his first-hand observations on the Syrian migration crisis.

Bauer is currently traveling the U.S. in support of his recent book, “Crossing the Sea: With Syrians on the Exodus to Europe” (And Other Stories, 2016). Along with documentary photographer Stanislav Krupar, the two were the first undercover reporters to document the journey of Syrian refugees from Egypt to Europe. Posing as English teachers in 2014, they were direct witnesses to the brutality of smuggler gangs, the processes of detainment and deportation, the dangers of sea-crossing on rickety boats, and the final furtive journey through Europe.

Combining their own travels with other eyewitness accounts in the first book of reportage of its kind, “Crossing the Sea” brings to life both the systemic problems and the individual faces behind the crisis, and is a passionate appeal for more humanitarian refugee policies.

Bauer is a reporter for Die Zeit in Germany. He is the recipient of numerous journalism prizes including the Prix Bayeux­ Calvados for War Correspondents. His second Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents was awarded for the Syrian refugee reportage in Die Zeit that formed the basis of the book, “Crossing the Sea.” He has worked in the Arab world for many years, including in war zones in Syria and Libya.

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This even is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of German and Russian, with support from the United States German Embassy, the Carleton Global Engagement Initiative, the Department of History, the Humanities Center, the European Studies Concentration, the Department of French and Francophone Studies, and the Department of German at St. Olaf College. 

For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4238. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at Third and College Streets in Northfield.