BEL N. NEMETZ LECTURE
Speaker: Ruhullah Khapalwak, Afghan Journalist
Ruhullah Khapalwak has been a correspondent for The New York Times, CNN and Al Jazeera in Afghanistan. His investigative work has focused on cases of civilian casualties, violation of human rights, Afghans imprisoned in Bagram and Guantanamo Bay detention facilities, and the Taliban insurgency.
Khapalwak helped break the story of Dilawar, the taxi driver who died in American custody in 2002, and he worked on subsequent investigations for the Academy award-winning documentary film Taxi to the Darkside (2007). Khapalwak holds a degree in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Swarthmore College, and in 2013 was awarded the University of Michigan’s Knight-Wallace fellowship for Journalists. He is currently the Afghan reporter for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.