Willamette features author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger

On Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Willamette University’s Atkinson Lecture Series will feature best-selling author, award-winning journalist and prize-winning filmmaker Sebastian Junger.

Junger is the internationally acclaimed author of “WAR,” “The Perfect Storm,” “A Death in Belmont” and “Fire.” As a contributing editor to “Vanity Fair” and as a contributor to “ABC News,” he has covered major international stories, earning the National Magazine Award and an SAIS Novartis Prize for Journalism.

In Willamette’s Smith Auditorium, Junger will discuss his experiences at “The Front Lines of History.” He’s witnessed heroic, disturbing and life-affirming events while covering such issues as human rights abuses in Sierra Leone, Liberian civil war, war crimes in Kosovo, hostage-taking in Kashmir and guerrilla war in Afghanistan.

Junger’s 2010 film, “Restrepo,” takes viewers to the edge of a precipice in northeastern Afghanistan - a remote outpost overlooking the Korengal Valley.  Junger survived in the “Valley of Death” with the men of Battle Company, sharing the human consequences of the fight for this ultimately abandoned post. Directed, produced and filmed by Junger and Tim Hetherington, The Sundance Film Festival jury selected “Restrepo” as its top documentary, noting, “‘Restrepo’ may be one of the most experiential and visceral war films you'll ever see.”

Students are invited to a free screening of “Restrepo” on Nov. 9 at 5 p.m. in Ford Hall’s Film Studies Room. 

A book signing will follow the Atkinson Lecture, and The Willamette Store will offer Junger’s books for sale in the Smith Auditorium lobby.


General admission tickets are available Oct. 29 for $15, with discounts for students and alumni.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit