Dr. Carol Lilly
associate professor of history, 308.865.8757
Kathryn Bolkovac, co-author of book turned successful Hollywood movie “The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors and One Woman’s Fight for Justice,” will be at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for a book signing and presentation on Monday, Jan. 28.
The book signing and presentation, which are free and open to the public, will take place in Copeland Hall Room 131 at 4:30 p.m.
According to Dr. Carol Lilly, UNK history professor, Bolkovac, now living in Lincoln, was a Lincoln police officer in 1999 when she took a position as United Nations International Police Force monitor in Bosnia-Hercegovina.
Originally hired by the U.S. subcontractor, DynCorps, Bolkovac wrote that she was rapidly disillusioned by the attitudes, behavior and poor job qualifications of some of her colleagues, but was soon even more disturbed to find that no only they, but United Nations peacekeepers, were implicated in sex trafficking activities in Bosnia. Her story brought the issue of UN involvement in sex trafficking to the broader public, particularly once her memoir was made into a successful Hollywood film.
The film based on Bolkovac’s experiences will be showing at the World Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25 and 26, and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. The film will be shown again at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, in Copeland Hall Room 131. Admission to the World Theater will be $5; the showing at UNK will be free and open to the public.
Among her other upcoming speaking engagements, Bolkovac will be giving presentations at Columbia University – Heyman Center for the Humanities in New York, the United Nations Bookstore in New York, the Netherlands Defense Academy at The Hague, the Norway Peace Council, Brandies University in Boston, Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y..