As a seasoned international correspondent, Christa Case Bryant can testify, “It’s really hard to get at the underlying issues without speaking the language.”
She cited in particular an interview with a Russian diplomat when her dependence on a translator left her disappointed. “It was like getting an e-mail versus getting to watch a play," she says of the filtered interaction. Language adds a sense of active engagement vital to news that she vowed to capture.
Case Bryant also listed the ways language can facilitate better reporting: “It helps a journalist be more perceptive, it makes her more precise, and it gives her work greater scope.” Sharing a specific example from her work in the Middle East, she revealed that the root of the Hebrew for “settlement” stems from the word for “inherit.”
Case Bryant, who will soon become the chief of the Monitor's Jerusalem bureau, inspired each audience member to make a global impact tailored to his or her personal abilities: “Find where the world’s greatest need intersects with your greatest talent.”
|Christa Case Bryant works as a journalist at the Christian Science Monitor in Boston, where she has served as Middle East editor, Europe editor, and Olympics correspondent. She received her bachelor’s degree at Principia College, where she majored in global perspectives, and subsequently attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, focusing on global media and international conflict. Case Bryant is the recipient of several awards, and during her extensive travels she has acquired proficiency in French and German as well as in Hebrew and Arabic. As a Kathryn Davis fellow this summer, her goal in the School of Hebrew is to use language to more accurately describe and define the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a narrative to promote peace.|