Pulitzer Center Update

Education News: Tomorrow's Google Hangout, Poetry and More

Dear Educators,

We wanted to invite you and your classes to our World Malaria Day Google Hangout tomorrow at 9 am EST. Grantee Kathleen McLaughlin, reported from Uganda and Tanzania on the disturbing amounts of fake malaria medication distributed there. When malaria patients take the fake or weak drugs, not only do the patients not get better, but the parasite can become resistant to drugs. Kathleen will discuss this global issue with Cobus Van Staden of The China in Africa Podcast and Dr. Patrick Lukulay, program director for the Promoting the Quality of Medicines initiative at the US Pharmacopeial Convention. They'll discuss who is responsible as well as the implications for health and the state of relations between China and Africa.

We are also in the midst of our In Search of Home e-book tour with photographer Greg Constantine; last week alone, he spoke to 175 students at various middle and high schools in Saint Louis. He's in Chicago now, and heading to Philadelphia and DC next. Greg is a Pulitzer Center grantee who has spent the last seven years reporting on statelessness. It's a widespread human rights issue, vastly underreported and dauntingly complex. The e-book, with photographs by Greg and writing by Stephanie Hanes, is currently exclusively available on iPad. It provides a multimedia, story-driven look into statelessness, and provides a jumping off point to discuss issues of citizenship and immigration in classrooms. Learn more about the e-book and how you can use it in your classrooms by downloading our educators' guide here. So far, the visits have been wonderful and students have not only grasped the concept of statelessness but also dug deeply into into Greg's photos, unpacking the symbolism and layers of meaning within the images.

Speaking of layers and symbolism, in honor of Poetry Month the Pulitzer Center just launched a special project to re-imagine our content into poetry, and we want to hear from you and your students! If any of our content inspires and appeals to your sense of creativity, we want to hear about it - in a haiku. You can write haikus inspired by the Pulitzer Center stories you read or try to find haiku forms hiding in the articles themselves. Here are some examples, written by Pulitzer Center intern Jen Nyugen:

A dividing line
of walls, mines, wire, land and men,
unites Korea.

We write on behalf
those who may risk death for words
this Poetry Month.

Or this one:

You don't have to be
trained as a poet for this
Pulitzer Project.

Tweet your haikus (they tend to fall within that 140-character range) to @PulitzerCenter with the hashtag #haikuPC, or e-mail them to pulitzercenter@gmail.com. We'll feature our favorites on the site!

That's all from our end for now. We're looking forward to some conversations with you in the near future!

- Amanda