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Alessandro Cosmelli, Marizo Mian To Speak to Students on Three U.S. Campuses

Event Date:

April 2 - 11, 2024


Volga Blues

The Volga is the river that has always defined the history (and geography) of Russia.

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Grantees Alessandro Cosmelli and Marzio Mian will speak on their project, Volga Blues, to students at Northwestern University, University of Michigan’s Wallace House Center for Journalists, and Indiana University.

"Russia has become, to observers in the West, a distant, mysterious, and hostile land once again,” writes Mian in his story, "Behind the New Iron Curtain." For the story, he and Cosmelli traveled down the Volga River to penetrate Russian society and narrate the social and economic effects of the war.

At Northwestern University, they will visit undergraduate and graduate classes on visual, investigative, and science reporting. They will give a presentation to journalism students on Wednesday, April 3, from 5 - 6:30pm CDT at the Evanston campus, MFC-3-127. RSVP here.

Flyer with QR code. Photograph of two girls sitting on a sofa, displaying a photograph of a man. Text: Down the Volga River with Pulitzer Center Journalists. Listen to Marzio G. Mian who with photojournalist Alessandro Cosmelli explored war-time Russia on a journey down the Volga River. RSVP Below. Wednesday April 3, from 5 to 6 P.M. at the Mccormick Foundation Center Room 3-127

On Friday, April 5, 2024 at 4:00pm CDT, they will speak with Ambassador Ian Kelly at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University. Learn more about the event here.

Then, they will give a private presentation and host a Q&A with Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows at the University of Michigan's Wallace House Center for Journalists. The event will take place from 4:30-6:00pm on Tuesday, April 9, and will be attended by Wallace House staff and 18 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows.

Finally, Cosmelli and Mian will travel to Bloomington, Indiana to visit classes and give a presentation on Wednesday, April 10, from 6:00-7:00pm at Franklin Hall Commons at Indiana University.

Their reporting was made possible through the Pulitzer Center’s Conflict & Peace grant, which supports journalism that examines the roots of conflict and its connections with many underreported global issues, from mass migration to authoritarianism, gender violence, and the struggle over natural resources. 


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War and Conflict

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