George Packer

George Packer

Staff Writer for the New Yorker

November 15, 2017 — 4:10 PM
Chevron Auditorium, International House — 2299 Piedmont Avenue, UC Berkeley Campus

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About the Lecture The Trump Presidency is a symptom of the fracturing in American society that goes deeper than economics and politics to the meaning of being an American. None of the currently available narratives of national identity point a … Continued

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About the Lecture

The Trump Presidency is a symptom of the fracturing in American society that goes deeper than economics and politics to the meaning of being an American. None of the currently available narratives of national identity point a way out of our failure. Is there another way to think of ourselves as Americans?

About George Packer

A prolific writer, George Packer is a contributor for numerous journals and magazines, including The New York Times magazine, Dissent, Mother Jones, and Harper’s. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine since 2003, writing about foreign affairs, American politics, and books. Packer is also the author of two novels; a play, Betrayed, which ran for five months in 2008 and received the Lucille Lortel Award for best Off Broadway play; and five works of non-fiction. His highly-acclaimed book The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq (2005) was awarded the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein’ Book Award and an Overseas Press Club Book Award. His most recent book, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (2013), was a bestseller and won the National Book Award for Non-Fiction. He is currently working on a book about Richard Holbrooke and the end of the American century.

Packer is a native of the Bay Area. He graduated from Yale University in 1982 and worked in the Peace Corps in Togo. He has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the New America Foundation. He has taught writing at Harvard, Columbia, Bennington, and Sarah Lawrence. He is a member of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting’s International Board of Directors.