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Conversations from the Cullman Center: Deborah Baker and Elizabeth Rubin



In a conversation with the journalist Elizabeth Rubin, Deborah Baker will discuss her latest book, The Convert, which Baker wrote when she was a Fellow at the Cullman Center in 2008-2009. Drawing from papers she found in The New York Public Library's Manuscripts and Archives Division, Baker tells the true story of Margaret Marcus -- a Jewish girl from Larchmont who converted to radical Islam, moved to Lahore, and continues to live there as Maryam Jameelah. The Convert was just nominated for the 2011 National Book Award.

Elizabeth Rubin is an acclaimed journalist who has covered wars in Bosnia, Iraq Afghanistan, and Pakistan. She is a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, Harper's, and The New York Times, among other publications.


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