At the 2012 Summer Teacher Institute, hosted by the University of Chicago's Center for International Studies June 25-27, 60 educators discussed global food security and ways to help students connect their local experiences to international issues. Pulitzer Center grantee Samuel Loewenberg drew on his experience as a public health journalist covering child malnutrition in Guatemala and famine in Somalia to highlight the complexities of foreign aid distribution and media coverage of global systemic issues. Loewenberg was the 2011-2012 Pulitzer Center-Nieman Global Health Reporting Fellow at Harvard University.

Loewenberg spoke of the challenges both educators and journalists face in exploring global systemic issues. "The easiest way to make an editor turn off, same with a teenager, is to use the word chronic or systemic," said Loewenberg. "And yet, that is exactly what all this stuff is."

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The Pulitzer Center's Global Gateway program brings a global perspective to middle and high school classrooms through in-person visits and online engagements with award-winning journalists, and a growing collection of curricular materials for educators. The University of Chicago is a member of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium network.


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