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Reporting from South Asia: Conversation with Pamela Constable, Deputy Foreign Editor, The Washington Post; March 29, 2005; by Harry Kreisler

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Pamela Constable who is the deputy foreign editor of the Washington Post and author of Fragments of Grace.

  1. Background ... responsibility comes with privilege ... English teachers ... "middle-brow journalism" ... early career in journalism
  2. Being a Foreign Correspondent ... initiative ... imagination and resourcefulness ... heightened sensitivity ... energy ... hardship ... Afghanistan under the Taliban ... stealth ... translators and language difficulties
  3. Doing the Job as a Woman ... no problems in Latin America ... the Muslim world ... pretending to be a man ... offending the Taliban
  4. First Steps in a New Place ... learning a set of activities to become grounded ... making contacts ... finding substitutes
  5. Religion ... role of Catholicism in Latin America ... living and breathing Islam ... deliberate inconvenience of Islam ... religion vs. culture ... strictures on women ... city vs. rural ... hypocrisy
  6. Responsibilities of a Journalist ... reporting the experience faithfully ... finding the good in every experience ... the value of Islam ... modernization in Islamic world ... maintaining ties in absence of normality ... moments to remember
  7. Fragments of Grace and Beyond ... a brave book ... is it worth it?... return trips to the U.S. ... taking on new role of editor ... empathy ... changes in journalism ... greater emphasis on foreign affairs ... pressures of the internet ... pressures of conformism ... effect of plagiarism scandals ... advice to students: just do it
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