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January 25, 2007

Lorna Tychostup "The War You Won't See on TV: Untold Stories of the Iraqi People"

Lorna Tychostup
Lorna Tychostup
To commemorate Women's History Month, Farmingdale State College's Distinguished Speaker Program welcomes journalist and photographer Lorna Tychostup who will present "Undeclared Wars"-Special Focus: Iraq on Thursday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. in the Roosevelt Hall Little Theatre.

Lorna Tychostup is the senior editor for Chronogram magazine and a freelance journalist and photographer. Since February 2003, she has visited Iraq four separate times and was present for four historic events, the most recent being January 30, 2005, the Iraqi election.

Ms. Tychostup built a reputation on her ability to report stories that go beyond mainstream media coverage. During her trips to Iraq, Ms. Tychostup endeavored to get as close to the people as possible. She lived in modest unprotected hotels and traveled in beat-up cabs. She found her way from the ordinary people in the street, to the squatters living in bombed-out government-owned properties, to high-ranking state ministers and the judges of the new Iraq who chose to uphold the law of the land at incredible risk to their lives. It is through these experiences that she has gained a unique perspective, and the ability to expose hidden attitudes and events of the Iraqi people.

Ms. Tychostup's photographs of Iraq and its people, before and during the war, have been exhibited throughout the country, and her lectures have fascinated and informed audiences across the United States . Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy , YES! , Z Magazine , Covert Action Quarterly, War Times , and Major League Baseball Magazine. She has been interviewed on both radio and TV, including Fox's "Hannity & Colmes" and NBC's "Nightly News" with Tom Brokaw .

Her haunting photographs and poignant stories enable her audiences to share the tragedy, the struggle, and the triumph of the various communities that make up the Iraqi people. Her body of work is essential for anyone hoping to understand any aspect-domestic, political, or otherwise-of what is currently the world's most conspicuous crisis.