Journalist who covers Myanmar to talk about the Rohingya crisis

Francis Wade

The Rohingya crisis will be the topic of a panel discussion featuring journalist Francis Wade on Friday, Nov. 10, when he visits campus as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism.

Wade will join James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale, and Burmese peace activist Kyaw Hsan Hlaing in a discussion of the topic “Understanding the Rohingya Crisis: Race, Religion, and Violence in Burma.” The discussion will take place at 4 p.m. in Luce Auditorium, 34 Hillhouse Ave.

Based in London, Wade is a journalist specializing in Myanmar and Southeast Asia. He began reporting on Myanmar in 2009 with the exiled Democratic Voice of Burma news organization, based in Northern Thailand, before covering in-depth the transition from military rule and the violence that accompanied it.

He has reported from across South and Southeast Asia for The Guardian, TIME, The Washington Post, The Nation, Foreign Policy Magazine, and others.

His writing and research has focused on ethnic and religious violence, political transitions, and refugee movements. In August 2017 he published his first book, “Myanmar’s Enemy Within: Buddhist Violence and the Making of a Muslim ‘Other”(Zed Books).

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of outlets who have made significant contributions to their field. Among recent Poynter fellows are Jack Ewing, Emma Allen, and Ian Johnson.

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