Duke students performed a staged reading of selections from George Packer’s play, Betrayed, exploring the relationships between American military and diplomatic personnel stationed in Iraq and the interpreters who assisted them. The reading was followed by a panel discussion, moderated by D.G. Martin, with:
Kirk Johnson, founder of The List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies
Professor Abdul Sattar Jawad, Duke University Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle East Studies
Professor Jayne Huckerby, Associate Clinical Professor and Director of the Duke International Human Rights Clinic at Duke Law
Matt Victoriano, Marine Corps veteran of the Iraq war and local entrepreneur and activist
Kirk W. Johnson is the founder of the List Project to Resettle Iraqi Allies, and the author of To Be a Friend is Fatal: the Fight to Save the Iraqis America Left Behind. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy. Prior to the List Project, Johnson served in Iraq with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Baghdad and then Fallujah as the Agency’s first coordinator for reconstruction in the war-torn city.