New College welcomed 320 attendees to Sudakoff Conference Center Feb. 18 for the 2016 Global Leadership Luncheon. We extend our deep appreciation to co-chairs Gloria Moss and Marian Moss, and Lynn and Issam Soussou, M.D. and honorary chairs Karen Hamad, M.D., and Sue Jacobson.
Guest speaker Geraldine Brooks enlightened and excited the crowd with stories of her days as a budding journalist abroad in the Middle East. An author and journalist, Brooks grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney, attending Bethlehem College Ashfield and the University of Sydney. She worked as a reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald for three years as a feature writer with a special interest in environmental issues.
In 1982 she won the Greg Shackleton Australian News Correspondents scholarship to the journalism master’s program at Columbia University in New York City. Later she worked for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered crises in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. In 1990, with her husband, Tony Horwitz, she won the Overseas Press Club Award for best coverage of the Gulf War. The following year they received a citation for excellence for their series, “War and Peace.” In 2006 she was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University.
She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006 for her novel March. Her novels, Caleb’s Crossing and People of the Book, were New York Times best sellers. Her first novel, Year of Wonders is an international bestseller, translated into more than 25 languages and currently optioned for a major motion picture starring Andrew Lincoln. She is also the author of the nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence and The Idea of Home.
Brooks married Horwitz in Tourette-sur-Loup, France, in 1984. They have two sons, Nathaniel and Bizuayehu. They live by an old mill pond on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and spend as much time as possible in Australia.