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Academy Award nominated director Sebastian Junger to speak at USF lecture

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Sebastian Junger, one of the world’s most reputable journalists known for changing the art of storytelling as it relates to wars on the battlefield and thereafter, will be speaking at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Ferguson Hall. The event will be free open to the public. No tickets will be required upon entrance to the event, which is part of the Frontier Forum lecture series sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost at the University of South Florida.

Junger first delved into the culture of war and army life during his stay in Afghanistan with the late Tim Hetherington, where both men saw first hand how the war on terror affected not only the body, but also the mind and spirit of the men. Their experience gave rise to the Academy Award nominated documentary, “Restrepo,” as well as the best seller “WAR.”

From there Junger assessed that perhaps one of the hardest battles comrades had to deal with was the war of the mind, rather than that of the body. This ultimately led many soldiers to search for an understood comfort within each other, thus creating a new family. A tribe.

“Tribe: on Homecoming and Belonging” is Junger’s newest book where he explores the intricacies of war veterans leaving their overseas positions and platoon members to come home. Junger talks about the burdens many veterans face once they have to assimilate back into the society that they once had to leave behind. Junger examines the lack of interconnectedness and emotional intimacy attributed to tribes in today’s society. Moreover, he discusses how PTSD found in most veterans can be a side effect of this lack of connection in the immediate environment of veterans once home.

Limited seating is available for this event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For directions and parking information please visit the Straz website. Following the lecture, Junger will sign copies of his book, which can be purchased on the USF Bookstore website.

Prior to his experience overseas, Junger’s journalism primarily focused on highlighting other dangerous professions such as fire-fighting and commercial fishing. The latter experience motivated Junger to write the three-year bestseller, “The Perfect Storm.”

The Perfect Storm Foundation, founded by Junger in 1998, gives educational fortuity for children of people who have jobs in the maritime business.

The University of South Florida System is a high-impact, global research system dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The institutions are separately accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All institutions have distinct missions and their own detailed strategic plans. Serving over 48,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.


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Author:Christina Goldstein