A Ngobe woman sits in her homeland of Nueva Lucha, Panama. Canadian copper and gold mining companies have overtaken the area. Image by Lynn Burgess. Panama, 2012.
Two Batek men walk up a logging road in their rainforest homeland in Malaysia. Image by James Whitlow Delano. Malaysia, 2011.

Join journalists James Whitlow Delano and Mellissa Fung as they explore the local costs of global goods, especially the impact on indigenous populations, as part of the University of Chicago's "The World Beyond the Headlines" series and its Campus Consortium partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Mark Lycett, director of the University of Chicago's Center for International Studies and Program on the Global Environment, moderates the conversation with Delano and Fung.

Delano is an award-winning photojournalist who received a Pulitzer Center grant to explore the Malaysian logging and palm oil industries and their effects on two groups of indigenous Malaysians: the Batek and the Penan. Delano uses black-and-white photography to tell the stories of these communities and explore the question of whether all alternative energy is good and green.

Fung traveled to Panama as part of her Pulitzer Center reporting grant to examine the effects of Canadian copper and gold mining in Nueva Lucha, a hamlet with a small population of indigenous Panamanians called the Ngobe-Bugle. They make their living extracting the precious metal deposits by sifting dirt with wooden pans. Because the Canadian mining companies' methods are more efficient, their presence in the region is quickly putting the Ngobe-Bugle out of business. Fung, an award-winning journalist, reported with Lynn Burgess, a documentary producer with the CBC Television’s flagship newscast The National. The project was a CBC/Pulitzer Center collaboration.

Tuesday, February 12
5:30-7:30pm
University of Chicago
Ida Noyes Hall
1212 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Free and open to the public.
Light reception to follow discussion.

The University of Chicago is a Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium partner. The event is co-sponsored by the Pulitzer Center, and the University of Chicago's Center for International Studies, Program on the Global Environment and UChicago Careers in Journalism.

Please see the University of Chicago website for more details on this event and other programming within "The World Beyond the Headlines" series.

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A battle is being waged in the rainforests of Panama – between those who want to keep their way of life, and those who want economic growth. At stake: billions worth of precious metals.

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