The Last Whalers: Telling the Story of One of the World's Last Whaling Tribes

Lecture | April 16 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Doug Bock Clark, journalist

 Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Graduate School of Journalism

Award-winning journalist Doug Bock Clark will discuss his book The Last Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Vanishing Way of Life, which The New York Times calls "immersive, densely reported, and altogether remarkable" and Sebastian Junger calls "spectacular and deeply empathetic." The book was selected as an Editor's Choice by The New York Times Book Review. It chronicles three years in the lives of the people of Lamalera, on the island of Lembata in eastern Indonesia, who hunt sperm whales with bamboo harpoons as they reckon with the encroachment of the modern world. Clark will discuss both the anthropological and journalistic challenges of the project.

Doug Bock Clark has spent extended periods of time in Indonesia – living on the island of Sumbawa in eastern Indonesia and in Aceh in northern Sumatra, both with the support of Fulbright fellowships, and on the island of Lembata to research this book on the Lamalera community. He has also written a number of other articles from reporting he has done in Southeast Asia, including a GQ piece in 2017 which explored the background of Siti Aisyah, the Indonesian woman charged with the murder in Malaysia of Kim Jong-Nam, a South China Morning Post piece in 2017 about the Rohingya genocide, and a 2015 piece in The New Republic about a click farm in the Philippines. Other articles have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, WIRED, and many other publications. He won the Arthur L. Carter Reporting Award in 2017.

THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE EVENT, COURTESY OF EASTWIND BOOKS.

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