Award-winning author and professor of journalism Lou Ureneck speaks with journalist Margarita Pournara as part of the series "Asia Minor, the Baton of Memory"
The fifth guest in the series "Meetings with a View" is American author Lou Ureneck, who is visiting from Boston especially for this event.
In his book Smyrna, September 1922 (Greek edition by Psichogios Publications, 2019) Ureneck presents the story of an American Methodist minister named Asa Jennings, who found himself at Smyrna as the city was being destroyed. Assisted by two naval officers, an American and a Greek, he managed to save thousands of lives. Jennings’ story, still unknown to most, came to light through Ureneck’s research. The author recounts the pastor’s story and describes the tragic days that eradicated a cosmopolitan city and those that followed the Great Fire. During the evening’s event, Ureneck, a gifted writer with a passion for archival research who is also professor of journalism at Boston University, will the discuss the humanitarian tragedy of 1922 with Margarita Pournara.
The discussion will take place in English without interpretation.
The event is organized with the support of the "Maria Tsakos" Foundation.