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Feb. 22: National Geographic journalist discusses conflict in Syria

Friday, February 22, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning journalist will discuss the current conflict in Syria April 24 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

This lecture, originally scheduled in March, was postponed due to inclement weather.

Don Belt, editorial consultant and contributing writer for National Geographic, has visited and written about his firsthand experiences in many of the world's hot spots, including Syria and its immediate neighbors, Iraq and Jordan. His lecture, Syria Behind the Mask, focuses on the geographical and historical origins of the Syrian conflict as well as an account of his meeting and interview with the country's president, Bashar al Assad.

During Belt's more than 30-year career with National Geographic, he has traveled to 70 countries covering stories that defined the issues of the time, including environmental degradation, water scarecity, vanishing cultures, Islam and the West, the effects of global climate change and the geopolitical trends that shape the world. He served as the magazine's senior editor for expeditions, foreign editor and chief foreign correspondent.

Belt contributed to a number of National Geographic book projects, and has been a featured guest on many radio and television programs, newscasts around the United States and the world. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his writing, and was awarded a Pew Foundation Gatekeeper Fellowship to South Africa in 2002.

The talk, which will be followed by a reception, is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Len Latkovski, Ph.D., professor of history, at