January 26, 2009
Josh Rushing gained national attention after switch to Al Jazeera network
Former U.S. Marine captain and press officer and current Al Jazeera English correspondent Josh Rushing will speak at Randolph College on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m.
The talk, “Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World,” is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Wimberley Recital Hall in Presser Building. A book signing will be offered after the lecture.
Rushing gained national attention after going from a U.S. Marine Corps Captain conducting daily press briefings in Iraq to working as a correspondent and military analyst for Al Jazeera English's Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers a wide variety of international issues for Al Jazeera English, but focuses primarily on U.S.-Middle Eastern relations. He is also the author of the 2007 book, Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World.
Rushing became a celebrity by accident. As a veteran Marine captain, he served as spokesperson at the Central Command Qatar during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. When his earnest discussions about war coverage with Al Jazeera reporters were featured in the hit documentary, Control Room in 2004, he found himself elevated to stardom and immersed in a whirlwind of controversy.
He resigned from the Marine Corps in August 2004, after more than a decade of service. In 2005, he joined Al-Jazeera English as a correspondent and military analyst. Rushing has been a featured speaker at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the National Defense University and the Defense Information School as well as numerous college campuses. He also has appeared on National Public Radio and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and his story has been covered by numerous magazines and newspapers.
Randolph College will show the documentary, “Control Room” on Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in Martin 315. Communications professor Jennifer Gauthier will be introducing the documentary, which will be followed by a brief question and answer session.
The Randolph event is sponsored by the Jesse Ball duPont Fund, the Inez Duff Bishop Annual Visiting Scholar in Politics Fund, and the politics department.