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Author to Speak at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Sandy Tolan, author of “The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East,” will speak about the book at Le Moyne College on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel.

The Washington Post called the book “extraordinary” and listed it among their top nonfiction titles for 2006. The Christian Science Monitor wrote that “no novel could be more compelling” and proclaimed, “It will be one of the best nonfiction books you will read this year.”

Sandy Tolan is a radio documentary producer and associate professor of journalism at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He has reported from more than 30 countries, including in the Middle East, Latin America, the Balkans and Eastern Europe. As co-founder of Homelands Productions, he has produced hundreds of documentaries and features for public radio.

From 2000-2007, Sandy taught at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC-Berkeley, where he coordinated international reporting programs, taught radio feature and documentary classes, and served as an I.F. Stone Fellow. In 2007, the 11 reporters in his “Early Signs” climate change class, who produced an eight-part series, “Reports From a Warming Planet,” for Salon.com and NPR’s “Living On Earth,” won the prestigious George Polk award, the first time the award has been given to students.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the religious studies department and the Center for Peace & Global Studies at Le Moyne. For more information, call (315) 445-4343 or visit www.sandytolan.com

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posted on: 10/6/2009