Artist, Author Trevor Paglen to speak on Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights

Author and artist Trevor Paglen will speak at Sarah Lawrence College as on Monday, November 17 at 6 pm in the Science Center, Room 103. Paglen will be discussing his book Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA's Rendition Flights, which documents the CIA’s use of modified commercial aircraft for extraordinary rendition.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact College Events at (914) 395-2412 or email

In his first book, Paglen explores this CIA program in a series of journeys that takes him around the world. He travels to suburban Massachusetts to profile a CIA front company that supplies the agency with airplanes; to Smithfield, North Carolina, to meet pilots who fly CIA aircraft; to the San Francisco suburbs to study with a "planespotter" who tracks the CIA's movements; and to Afghanistan, where the authors visit the notorious "Salt Pit" prison and meet released Afghan detainees.

Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. His work involves deliberately blurring the lines between social science, contemporary art, and a host of even more obscure disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to interpret the world around us.

Paglen's visual work has been exhibited at Transmediale 08 Festival, Berlin; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco among other venues. He lectures frequently on his work at various locales including The Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and 16 Beaver Group, New York. His work has been featured in numerous publications, from The New York Times to Wired to the New York Review of Books to Modern Painters and Aperture.

Paglen has received grants and commissions from, the LEF Foundation, Artadia, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. In 2005, he was a Vectors Journal Fellow at the University of Southern California.

Paglen’s second book, I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me an examination of the visual culture of “black” military programs, was published in November 2007. His third book, Blank Spots on a Map, will be published in February, 2009.

Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley.

Sarah Lawrence is a liberal arts college for men and women, founded in 1926, with a distinctive system of education. It is known for having one of the lowest (9:1) student/faculty ratios in the country. At the core of the system are small classes, regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences, cross-disciplinary approaches and the integration of the creative arts within the curriculum.