NYT Cairo bureau chief to deliver UN lecture in New Canaan
David D. Kirkpatrick, Cairo bureau chief and Middle East correspondent for The New York Times, will deliver the sixth annual Anita Houston Memorial Lecture at the New Canaan Library Thursday, July 19.
Kirkpatrick will discuss the recent revolutions and political upheavals in Egypt and neighboring Arab countries. The Anita Houston Memorial Lecture is co-sponsored by the library and the UN Committee of New Canaan.
Kirkpatrick's started as bureau chief in mid-January 2011, just prior to the ouster of President Zine al Abidine Ben Ali on Jan. 14, the flashpoint that set off the revolt of the Arab spring. Kirkpatrick covered all three revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Prior to becoming bureau chief, he worked as a Washington correspondent covering Congress, Supreme Court nominations, the lobbying industry and the presidential races in 2004 and 2008. In 2004, he focused on the American Christian conservative movement. He has covered the book business and the media industry for the Times.
He is married to Laura R. Bradford, granddaughter of Anita Houston, and they live in Cairo with their two young sons.
Houston served the United Nations during a 50-year period as New Canaan's "ambassador to the world," providing hospitality for hundreds of UN delegates. Mrs. Houston was honorary chairman and member of the local UN Committee, as well as head of the UN Study Group of New Canaan.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the library's Adrian Lamb Room.
The United Nations Committee of New Canaan believes the United States and the world are best served by a vital and credible UN, the continuing effectiveness and evolution of which are supported and led by the U.S. To that end, the committee endeavors to broaden the community's awareness of U.S. foreign policy and international relations, and calls attention to the need for U.S. leadership in the various peacekeeping and humanitarian activities of the UN. Visit www.uncommitteeofnc.org for more information.