Video: NU Writers Series Hosts Former Al Qaeda Hostage Theo Padnos

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Photo: Author Theo Padnos speaks to class at Norwich University
Norwich University Office of Communications

September 27, 2017

In 2012, American journalist and author Theo Padnos was captured by Al Qaeda forces in Syria, where he was tortured and imprisoned for two years. Following his unlikely release, he recounted his experience for the New York Times Sunday Magazine and later in the 2016 documentary film, Theo Who Lived.

A fluent Arabic speaker, Padnos had previously reported on Jihadi and Islamist radicalization in Yemen in the book, Undercover Muslim. An insightful thinker and writer, Padnos was invited to kick-off the 2017-18 Norwich University Writers Series lecture series. He visited campus on September 26 to speak with students and give a public talk about his work.