Author of Pulitzer-winning book on ISIS to give Stukes Lecture

Posted on February 27, 2017

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Joby Warrick

Joby Warrick, best-selling author and a national security reporter for The Washington Post, will deliver the 31st Annual Joseph T. Stukes Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Convocation credit will be offered for this event.

Warrick’s most recent book, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS (Knopf-Doubleday, 2015) won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. In a 2015 review of the book, Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times says Warrick “creates the most revealing portrait yet laid out in a book of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, the founding father of the organization that would become the Islamic State.”

A summa cum laude graduate of Temple University, Warrick was a reporter for United Press International (UPI), and an enterprise reporter for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., before beginning his work with The Washington Post. He also worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times.

During his tenure with UPI, Warrick covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the overthrow of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, and the collapse of other communist regimes in eastern Europe.

Warrick is also the author of The Triple Agent (Doubleday, 2011), the best-selling true story of an al-Quaeda spy.

The Joseph T. Stukes Lecture Series brings a distinguished lecturer in history to Erskine College each year. The fund was established by students and colleagues of Stukes, who served as professor of history (1966-74) and vice president for academic affairs (1966-71) at Erskine College. He died Jan. 12, 2016.