The Washington Post reports that Josh Neufeld, author of A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge is being sent on a three week tour of North Africa and the Middle East as an ambassador of Free Expression by the U.S. State Department. Neufeld is known for chronicling his experience as a volunteer for the Red Cross following Hurricane Katrina.
Neufeld told The Post:
The State Department invited me “specifically because of the Katrina book, which is blatantly so critical of the government,” Neufeld tells Comic Riffs of his comics reportage. “The program brings in cultural figures who disseminate [this message] — the State Department is proud of that freedom of expression. … They bring me over as a statement of how our civil society welcomes voices of dissent in all forms.”
The CBLDF congratulates Josh for being appointed to perform this important work!