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Clemson alum and journalist Will Cathcart to speak Friday about his experiences in the war in Ukraine



Clemson English alum Will Cathcart ’05 returns to campus to discuss his recent experiences with fighters in Ukraine. He will present “Return from Ukraine” from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Watt Family Innovation Center.

Cathcart is a Charleston native and a journalist and editor based in Tbilisi, Georgia. He was in Mariupol embedded with fighters when the war broke out and ended up in the middle of the Kherson offensive as he was trying to get to western Ukraine.

Will Cathcart

During the 2008 war in Georgia, Cathcart was a presidential media adviser. He covered the 2014 Maidan Revolution, the 2015 conflict in Donbas, specifically Mariupol; and revolutions in Armenia. He also covered Robert Mugabe’s regime in Harare, Indian boxers in Delhi and the unsolved assassination of a CIA station chief.

He has covered geopolitics and culture for The Daily Beast, CNN, Foreign Policy, Garden & Gun, Literary Hub and others. He was a production consultant for Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, a local producer for National Geographic’s Drugs, Inc., and a regional producer for ITV’s On Assignment. His work has been featured in POLITICO’s Playbook, Quartz Weekend Brief “Five things that made us smarter,” and The Intelligencer: Journal of U.S. Intelligence Studies.

This event is part of the Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Invasion of Ukraine. It is sponsored by the Department of English; the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; the Humanities Hub; and the Watt Family Innovation Center.