Thursday, October 13, 2016
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Event contact: Aaron Welborn
Eric Fair, an Army veteran, served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004. In his new memoir, Consequence (Henry Holt & Co., 2016), Fair writes about feeling haunted by what he did, what he saw, and what he heard in Iraq, from the beating of prisoners to witnessing the use of sleep deprivation, stress positions, diet manipulation, isolation, and other so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
In this talk, Fair will discuss the fallout from that experience, from a war-strained marriage and a heart transplant to the moral struggle of speaking out publicly against his country’s use of torture on prisoners.
Free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.
Sponsored by the Duke University Libraries, Duke Human Rights Center@the Franklin Humanities Institute, Forum for Scholars and Publics, and Duke Chapel.
Eric Fair, an Army veteran, worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004. He won a Pushcart prize for his 2012 essay “Consequence,” which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper’s Magazine. His op-eds on interrogation have also been published in The Washington Post and The New York Times. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
More about Eric Fair:
- Eric Fair's website
- Video: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment, in conversation with Eric Fair
- New York Times Review of Consequence (April 24, 2016)
- Eric Fair discusses Consequence on NPR’s Fresh Air (April 4, 2016)