Pulitzer Center Update

This Week in Review: Photojournalists Bring Global Stories Home

Pulitzer Center grantee James Whitlow Delano visits a pre-school classroom during FotoWeek DC.

Photojournalists Bring Global Issues Home

The Pulitzer Center has a long-standing commitment to engaging learners of all ages in substantive conversations on global issues. Still, there were a few among our staff who wondered whether pre-kindergarteners were the right audience for James Whitlow Delano’s stark black and white images of rainforest loss in Malaysia.

Delano, in Washington, DC, to present his work for the Pulitzer Center’s FotoWeek DC exhibit and events, more commonly talks to professionals or college journalism students, but the versatile photojournalist found new ways to speak about his photographs to the youngest students. Their teacher reported back the following day that “the kids remembered a lot about the pictures, and why the people who lived in the forest were so upset about the trees being removed.”

Journalists Sean Gallagher, Andre Lambertson, and David Rochkind, also in town for FotoWeek DC, met with students as well, delving into issues from wetlands in China to communities in Haiti to health crises in South Africa in public, independent, and international schools in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In all, nearly 1,000 students participated in the discussions.

The week prior, Rochkind was with us in Chicago, visiting schools as diverse as Chicago Military Academy, Northside College Prep, and Loyola University of Chicago’s nursing school. At the brisk pace of four presentations per day, Rochkind and the students explored the social and environmental factors that have sparked today’s troubling tuberculosis epidemic, an under-reported global phenomenon that claims 5,000 lives every day. We gathered the students’ responses to the TB discussions and created before-and-after word clouds.

Campus Consortium Expands Nationally

At the university level, we’re growing our Campus Consortium network with three new colleges and universities launching their partnerships with the Pulitzer Center this fall – The College of William & Mary, Elmhurst College and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Four more plan launch events this spring – University of Miami, Wake Forest University, Guilford College and High Point University.

We’re eager to add to those – so send suggestions on how we can connect with your college or alma mater. Please see our new Campus Consortium Overview for a better understanding of our university engagement efforts and to read more about each of our partners.

Take a look too at videos from Beyond Witness: New Approaches to Crisis Photography, our FotoWeek DC panel discussion in partnership with Campus Consortium partner, The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. Some 300 people packed the Jack Morton Auditorium and the overflow area to hear how these seven Pulitzer Center-supported photojournalists approach their work.


Our education team will be presenting at “Dimensions of Diversity,” the National Council for the Social Studies 2011 conference in Washington, DC on Friday, December 2 at 5 pm. The conference is a rich gathering of teachers and administrators, with exhibitions and presentations including a keynote by Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education. Come by our booth at space 457!

Global Gateway will be expanding to Philadelphia in the coming year, and we’re looking for partner schools and organizations to make the program a success. Please contact us to talk about how you can get involved in this initiative.

Until next week,

Mark Schulte
National Education Coordinator