Young Professionals This Divided Island: Stories From Sri Lanka’S Brutal Civil War & Fragile Peace

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Young Professionals This Divided Island: Stories From Sri Lanka’S Brutal Civil War & Fragile Peace says
Wednesday, April 13th
Registration, food & drinks: 6:30 - 7:15pm
Program and Q & A: 7:15 - 8:30pm

Samanth Subramanian - Journalist & author

In 2009, the longest running civil war in South Asia came to a brutal end with the killing of the leader of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka. The horrific conflict involved all of the world’s four major religions often defying the stereo-types held by many. The Buddhist Singhalese majority sustained a violent repression of minorities. Tamil Hindus – and sometimes Christians – carried out suicide terrorist attacks. And Muslims were often the non-violent bystanders. With its genius for brutality, the war left few places and fewer people, untouched.

Through years of travels, research and conversations, Samanth Subramanian examines how people reconcile themselves to violence, how religion and state conspire, how the powerful become cruel and how victory can be put to the task of reshaping memory and burying histories.

What happens to the texture of life in a country that endures such bitter conflict? What happens to the country's soul? And will ethnic and religious violence possibly erupt again? Subramanian draws out the story of Sri Lanka today - an exhausted, disturbed society, still hot from the embers of the war.

Samanth Subramanian is a New Delhi-based writer and journalist. He has written stories for The New Yorker, Granta, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, The Huffington Post, The Hindu and The Wall Street Journal, and book reviews and cultural criticism for The New Republic, The Guardian and Bookforum. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s in international relations from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Copies of his acclaimed book, 'This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War', will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Heavy appetizers included. If possible, please register in advance with this link as this program may reach capacity:
http://www.wachouston.org/wac/Upcoming_Programs.asp
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By: World Affairs Council of Greater Houston