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"Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?"

Event Date:

March 24, 2016 | 6:00 PM EDT TO 8:30 PM EDT
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The Geography of Poverty is a digital documentary project that combines geotagged photographs with...

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The Geography of Poverty. Image by Matt Black. United States, 2015.

Is ending global poverty in the next 15 years a feasible goal when extreme poverty can still be found in the wealthiest nation in the world? What do a circus and ending poverty have in common? Do public health and journalism share common goals?

Please join us at Campus Consortium partner Boston University on Thursday, March 24, 2016, for a vibrant discussion that seeks to answer these and other questions by bringing together voices from journalism, public health, and the performing arts.

Titled "Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?", this Global Health Storytelling forum includes photojournalist Matt Black, filmmakers Linda Matchan and Susan Gray, circus troupe leaders Yamoussa Bangoura and Guillaume Saladin and Jacob Bor, assistant professor and Peter T. Paul career development professor in the Boston University Department of Global Health.

The panelists will address poverty in developed and developing countries, the health impacts of social injustice and deprivation, and the power and limitations of the performing arts and storytelling to contribute to the global movement to eradicate poverty. Matchan and Gray will screen an excerpt from their feature-length documentary Circus Without Borders. Also in attendance, Pulitzer Center Managing Director Nathalie Applewhite.

This public forum comes only a few months after the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expired at the end of 2015, and were replaced by the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first MDG focused on eradicating extreme poverty and food insecurity. The SDGs now aim to "end poverty in all its forms everywhere" by 2030. Whether this goal is realistic or a well-intentioned fantasy is the subject of this forum organized by the Boston University Program for Global Health Storytelling and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Live-streaming available during this free public event.

Global Health Storytelling Forum
"Ending Poverty by 2030: Fantasy or Attainable Goal?"
Thursday, March 24, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Boston University
Instructional Building, Heibert Lounge, 14th Floor
72 East Concord Street
Boston, MA 02118


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