Pulitzer Center grantee Marissa Evans visits the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, to discuss her reporting on maternal mortality, comparing the situation in Texas and in Poland.
The maternal mortality rate in Texas nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. In August 2017, Texas legislators voted to have a state task force continue studying maternal mortality until 2023. Evans reports that thinking globally may be part of the solution to save the lives of more mothers in Texas.
In her Pulitzer Center-supported project What Texas Can Learn from Poland on Maternal Mortality, she looks to Poland as a starting point for Texas. Poland draws similarities to Texas because of its large population, geographic diversity, conservative government, heavy religious influence and contentious debates over access to abortion.
The Tuesday evening talk is part of a three-day visit to campus by Evans and Hana Carey, the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium coordinator. While on campus, Evans will visit journalism classes, hold office hours, and meet with students and faculty.
The visit is part of a joint initiative of the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium and the Newhouse School of Public Communications. The Magazine, News & Digital Journalism Department hosts Tuesday's evening event and it is open to all faculty, staff, and students.
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