Of Love & War: Stories of Tragedy & Resilience from Across the World


Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:30pm



Organized by Houghton Library; co-sponsored by HURI, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University


Lynsey AddarioPulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario will give Houghton Library's virtual Spring 2022 Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture on the Art of the Book. Known for her disarming and compelling photographs that personalize even the most remote corners of the world, her unflinching eye captures humane tales from some of the most difficult places on earth. “I am drawn to people with hardship and humanitarian issues,” she says. “But I am a storyteller, and I look to convey information.”

In her lecture, "Of Love and War: Stories of Tragedy and Resilience from Across the World," Addario will present a stunning and personally curated selection of her work from conflict zones across the world, revealing both intimacy with her subjects and major threats to human rights. From Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and life in Afghanistan under the Taliban to the daily reality of women in the Middle East, Addario’s stories and images illustrate the immense human capacity for tragedy and suffering, but also for hope and resilience. The lecture will be recorded.

This lecture is in conjunction with the Houghton Library exhibition "Creating the Racial State: Politics, Culture, and Purity of Blood in Hitler's Germany," which runs through Friday, April 22.

About the Speaker

Lynsey Addario covers major conflict zones across the globe, has authored two books, and is a regular contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times, and TIME magazine. She has received numerous international awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009, the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award, and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.

The Philip and Frances Hofer Lecture Series was established in 1968 to sponsor “lectures on subjects of special interest to Harvard students and scholars within the range of the Printing and Graphic Arts field.”

Philip Hofer—Harvard College class of 1921 and founding curator of Houghton's Department of Printing and Graphic Arts—endowed the lecture fund in his and wife's names when he retired from Houghton Library.

The event is free and will be recorded. Advance registration is required. To request an accommodation or ask a question about access, please contact houghtonlibrary_events@harvard.edu.