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Journalist, filmmaker, author and surfer Jesse Aizenstat will deliver the Mosten Lecture on Oct. 22.
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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Jesse Aizenstat, author of “Surfing the Middle East: Deviant Journalism from the Lost Generation,” will present the Forrest S. Mosten Lecture in Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at UC Riverside on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in Humanities 411.

His lecture, “Surfing the Middle East: Finding Your Life’s Work After Graduation,” is free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive near University Avenue.

Aizenstat is a journalist, filmmaker, award-winning author, and avid surfer. When he graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 with no job prospects, he decided to cover surfing in the Middle East as a freelance journalist.

The book that resulted from that experience “is both educational about the politics of the Middle East and adventurous in how it reads,” said UCR theater professor Erith Jaffe-Berg. “‘Surfing the Middle East’ is a page-turner which brings together the unlikely subjects of surfing and politics. Jesse explores what it means to forge connections among different peoples in war-torn regions while catching waves in an unlikely part of the world. As a UCSB graduate, Jesse also models how a recent college graduate initiates a career opportunity for himself by combining his interests and passions.”

Aizenstat’s lecture is offered in conjunction with Jaffe-Berg’s course “Staging the Middle East,” which is offered as part of the Peace and Conflict Studies program, the Middle East and Islamic Studies program and the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production.

The lecture is sponsored by the UCR Center for Ideas and Society through a generous gift by Forrest and Jodi Mosten. The lecture series is named for Forrest S. (Woody) Mosten, a Los Angeles attorney who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UCR in 1969.

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