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The Flagler College Community Lecture Series continues on April 10 with a presentation by Tracey Eaton, Assistant Professor of Communications, entitled “Afghanistan: Pursuing the Taliban.”

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series continues on Tuesday, April 10 at 10 a.m., with a presentation by Tracey Eaton, Assistant Professor of Communications, entitled “Afghanistan: Pursuing the Taliban.” With photos and video, Eaton will recount his experiences in Afghanistan immediately after September 11, 2001, when he followed Northern Alliance troops as they pursued the Taliban.

“The experience is important to remember,” Eaton said, “especially in terms of what’s going on today. I’d like to share my reporting, stories and photos and make some observations about how they connect to the current situation in Afghanistan.”

Eaton was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to early 2005. Before that, he headed the paper’s Mexico City bureau. Eaton, a former Fulbright scholar, has been a journalist and photographer since 1983. He has conducted journalism workshops in Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba. Eaton has been a staff writer at seven daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald. He was metropolitan editor at the Houston Chronicle before moving to Florida. He created a Cuba blog called Along the Malecón in 2008 and travels to Havana regularly. He writes for Miami-based CubaNews, Madrid-based Cubaencuentro and other publications.

In 2010 and again in 2011, Eaton received a Pulitzer Center grant to support his reporting in Cuba. He has been investigating U.S.-financed pro-democracy programs in Cuba. His first Pulitzer Center-sponsored piece was published in the Dallas Morning News, the Miami Herald and the Houston Chronicle. In December 2010, Eaton created an investigative journalism website called the Cuba Money Project. As a Fulbright scholar, he went to Ecuador in 1981 to study the myths and legends of primitive Indians. In 2010, he returned to Ecuador’s eastern jungle, where oil exploitation, illegal logging and colonists threaten the Huaorani Indians and other natives.

The Flagler College Community Lecture Series, a popular program at the College, focuses this year on speakers who will discuss a special topic on war as viewed through the lens of his or her particular discipline. Topics are provided by local experts and Flagler faculty. Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for the semester. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Flagler Room at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are required as space is limited. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.

Call (904) 819-6282 or visit www.flagler.edu/our-community or www.facebook.com/FlaglerCLS for more information. If you are a person with a disability and need reasonable accommodations, please contact Lynn Francisco at 904-819-6460. Sign Language Interpreters are available upon request with a minimum of three days’ notice.


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