Trudy Rubin, the foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer and a member of that newspaper’s editorial board, will join the ranks of the teaching faculty at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication this fall.
Rubin will teach the course “Covering the Middle East.” This course will examine the physical and intellectual challenges of reporting on a dangerous region that is undergoing immense change. It will focus on the complexities of covering the Arab Spring and winter, democracy and Islam, the war in Syria, the failed Israel-Palestine peace process, and more. The course is designed for upperclassmen who are interested in journalism, non-governmental organization work, the Foreign Service, or international business, or who want to learn how to dissect these issues. Students will interview guest journalists and Mideast sources in person or via Skype; they will also examine the role of social media in Mideast reporting.
Rubin is well-versed in this subject, having covered the region for the past four decades. As the “Worldview” columnist at The Inquirer she travels the globe. Over the past decade she has repeatedly visited Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Israel, the West Bank, and Turkey, and also written from Syria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, China, and Russia. In May, she reported from Ukraine.
Her columns on Israel and the Palestinians have won praise and made her a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2001. In 2008 she was awarded the Edward Weintal prize for international reporting, and in 2010 she received he Arthur Ross Award for distinguished analysis of foreign affairs from the American Academy of Diplomacy.
Before joining The Inquirer in December 1983 she was the Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, covering Israel and the Arab world. Earlier, she was a national correspondent for The Monitor, covering election campaigns and national political and social issues. Prior to that she was a staff writer on American politics for The Economist of London.
Ms. Rubin joins several other professionals who come from outside of academia to teach undergraduate classes at Annenberg. The list includes Presidential historian Alvin Felzenberg, social activist Joan Garry, Bloomberg News Executive Editor Albert Hunt, and the Chronicle of Higher Education Critic-at-Large Carlin Romano.