12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Book Talk:"Green on Blue"
with author Elliot Ackerman F’03
*“Harrowing, brutal, and utterly absorbing…..Ackerman has spun a morally complex tale of revenge, loyalty, and brotherly love.” KHALED HOSSEINI, author of The Kite Runner
“From a decorated veteran of the Iraq and Afghan Wars, and a White House Fellow, a stirring debut novel about a young Afghan orphan and the harrowing, intractable nature of war.” Simon & Schuster Publications, February 2015.
Tuesday February 24 / Luncheon Talk / Chase Center-Carmichael Hall
Elliot Ackerman has served as Chief Operating Officer for Americans Elect, an initiative that offers a nonpartisan platform for individuals to run for elected office. He continues to serve on its Board of Advisors. In 2012-2013, he was a White House Fellow.
Prior to this, Ackerman served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer and conducted multiple deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Middle East. He also participated in post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. As a Special Operations Officer, he led a team of Marines who served as the primary combat advisors to a 700-man Afghan commando battalion. As an Infantry Officer, Elliot led a rifle platoon during the November 2004 Battle of Fallujah. His military awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.
Ackerman holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Fletcher, and earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Tufts. He has served on the board of the Afghan Scholars Initiative and as an advisor to the No Greater Sacrifice Scholarship Fund. His fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times Magazine, Ecotone, and Politico among others. He is also a contributor to The Daily Beast. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Business Casual Attire
Lunch is provided for you, therefore a reservation is required.