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National Book Award winner and New Yorker writer Evan Osnos to speak in Boise, Friday, September 15

National Book Award winner and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos will deliver the Idaho Humanities Council’s 21st Annual Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Friday September 15, 7 p.m., at Boise Centre. Osnos’ topic will be “America in the Age of Trump: Who Are We? Who Will We Become?”

Tickets are available by clicking HERE or by calling the IHC at 208-345-5346. General tickets are $60 and Benefactor tickets are $125. Benefactors are invited to a private pre-event reception with Osnos at 5 p.m. The evening will begin with a no-host reception and silent auction at 6 p.m. at the Boise Centre. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Osnos’ talk to follow. Seating is assigned in advance to tables of ten. Osnos’ book will be available from Rediscovered Books onsite for signing afterwards. 

The event is supported in part by Holland & Hart, Boise State University, Boise State Public Radio, Idaho Statesman and Idaho Public Television

Osnos specializes in politics and foreign affairs, spanning the U.S., the Middle East, East Asia and China. He won the National Book Award in 2014 for Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China.

His controversial May 8, 2017, New Yorker feature “Endgames: What Would It Take to Cut Short Trump’s Presidency?” explores the Trump family’s alleged international conflicts of interest, Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, and various pathways to impeachment currently being discussed by some members of Congress. The article caught national attention, and won Osnos numerous media interviews, including a substantive interview on NPR’s Fresh Air, with Terri Gross. 

Osnos has covered pressing American concerns, from modern conservatism and gun control, to the Flint Water Crisis and the last election. Osnos forecasted the implications of a Trump presidency in his extensive New Yorker piece, “President Trump’s First Term,” one of the magazine’s 16 most-read articles of the year. Consulting economists, scholars, and presidential historians, Osnos outlined what could be expected in the first hours to the first 100 days under a President Trump. Osnos also co-wrote the cover story, “Trump, Putin, and the New Cold War,” about Russia’s interference in the election.

Based on his eight years living in Beijing, Age of Ambition is a multi-layered look at the rise of the individual in China and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism.

A Pulitzer Prize-finalist, Age of Ambition was called “a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China” by The Wall StreetJournal. The Washington Post wrote that “Osnos has portrayed and explained … this new China better than any other writer from the West or the East.”

In 2003, Osnos embedded himself with the US Marines during the invasion of Iraq and spent two years as the Chicago Tribune’s Middle East Correspondent. His piece “The Fallout,” about the events and aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award.

Prior to joining The New Yorker, Osnos worked as the Beijing Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series on the global trade in unsafe imports, a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He was the 2007 recipient of the Livingston Award, the nation’s leading prize for young journalists, and the Asia Society’s Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia.

Osnos graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. A fellow at the Brookings Institution, he is a contributor on This American Life and Frontline, and has made numerous appearances on PBS’s Charlie Rose, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and Fareed Zakaria GPS



Since 1997, the IHC has brought top historians, journalists, novelists, and other writers to Boise for the Council’s annual event. Previous speakers have included historian Stephen Ambrose (1997), western writer Ivan Doig (1998), presidential biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin (1999), historian David McCullough (2000), journalist David Halberstam (2001), author Frank McCourt (2002), novelist John Updike (2003), presidential biographer Robert Dallek (2004), Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley (2005), NewsHour anchor and author Jim Lehrer (2006), presidential historian Michael Beschloss (2007), ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Martha Raddatz (2008), Abraham Lincoln historian Harold Holzer (2009), prolific historian Douglas Brinkley (2010), humorist Calvin Trillin (2011), Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo (2012), National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick (2013), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (2014), Vietnam War novelist Tim O’Brien (2015), and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham (2016) all of whom have inspired audiences with personal and memorable talks that have resonated long afterward.



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