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Joyce Davis: Middle Eastern & European Literature & Exile

All Audiences Closed 8/1/2017 10/14/2017 10:00:00 AM

Joyce M. Davis is founder and president of The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, a member of The World Affairs Councils of America. She is an award-winning journalist and internationally acclaimed author who has lived and worked around the globe. She is former foreign correspondent and foreign editor for National Public Radio and Knight Ridder Newspapers, once the second-largest newspaper chain in the United States. Davis specializes in foreign affairs and the media, and has written extensively on terrorism, national security, and Islam.

From 2003-2007, Davis was Associate Director of Broadcasting for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty in Prague, Czech Republic. In her senior role at the international broadcasting agency, Ms. Davis supervised radio and internet services to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the countries of Central Asia. She was a leading voice in providing news and information to Iran through Radio Farda (tomorrow) and has reported from the country as well as from much of the Middle East.

In 2006, Kyrgyz International University awarded her an honorary doctorate for her work in advancing a free and independent press in the former Soviet Union, and for securing the free flow of information to Kyrgyzstan during the downfall of its dictatorial regime in the “Tulip Revolution” of 2005.

Davis has received numerous awards ad distinguished fellowships, including senior fellowships with the United States Institute of Peace, Journalists in Europe based in Paris, and the Salzburg Seminar in Austria. In 2003, Ms. Davis was named Journalist in Residence with the Pew International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. In 2002, she received the U.S. State Department’s Distinguished Service for her work as a moderator with the Open Forum, and she was Chair of the National Press Club’s Forums committee in the same year.

Davis has spoken at such respected institutions as the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Security Agency, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She is regularly called to serve as television and radio host and moderator, and has appeared on CNN International, the BBC, as well as on Fox News.
Davis is author of "Between Jihad and Salaam: Profiles in Islam", written in 1997 and published by St. Martin’s Press; and "Martyrs: Innocence, Vengeance, and Despair in the Middle East" written in 2002 and published by Palgrave Macmillan. She has also authored a chapter in "The Trauma of Terrorism", a compendium of the writings of experts in the field edited by Yael Danieli, Danny Brom, Joe Sills and published by The Hawthorne Press in 2005.

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