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9th May, 7.15pm: Observing War, 2 Angles: Aernout Van Lynden, Mark de Rond

Two sobering ToMax talks about observing war, in Conway Hall (near Holborn). Two different angles: veteran video journalist Aernout Van Lynden joins social anthropologist Dr. Mark de Rond.

PRLog - April 24, 2012 - LONDON -- ToMax Talks offer Refreshing Perspective. They juxtapose different angles and engage young and old. The below talk is part of the Current Affairs stream, the last of which featured the former ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles on the subject of US democracy. ToMax is designed to be accessible to all, and pre-booking prices are accordingly £8 (under 28s) and £12 (older).

This event will take place in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, WC1R 4RL. Drinks are available and integral, and due to the small size of the audience it is quite possible to meet the speakers. Usually the talks feature three speakers, on this occasion only two due to the subject-matter. This promises to be an austere, but superb evening.

Dr. Mark de Rond, from Cambridge’s Judge Business School, is an expert in how people organise themselves in difficult situations – and he studies how they do so by living among them under the same conditions. He was given permission to work alongside medical teams at Camp Bastion, the Army base in the province of Helmand in Afghanistan, and will expand on his astonishing work there.

Much of de Rond's work has dealt with sports teams. He trained for a year with the Cambridge VIII in order to study how competition and cooperation work together to create the best possible team. His work with the British surgeons of Camp Bastion is of a different ilk; a film he made of the operating theatre displays the bravery, horror and absurdity of working under such conditions.

Aernout Van Lynden will join us from Holland and reflect on a long and brilliant career as a video-journalist and war reporter.

In September 1980 Aernout was one of the few Western journalists in Iraq when Saddam Hussein's attack on Iran opened. After this he worked as a freelance for BBC Radio, The Observer and The Washington Post. He then invested much time and energy in the anti- Soviet Resistance in Afghanistan. In 1982 he became The Observer correspondent in Beirut, where he was a journalist covering the civil war in Lebanon and other regional conflicts.

He worked in many war zones, while perhaps his most famous work was in Sarajevo during the Bosnian conflict. Watch some of this footage here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMmDGNlsYT4&feature=relmfu.

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