For the second year in a row, the Pulitzer Center and the University of Chicago will bring together educators and award-winning journalists on Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27, 2017, for a two-day conference focused on translating international journalism into a classroom setting. Participants at the Summer Institute for Educators 2017 will learn about work the Pulitzer Center has funded from the journalists themselves and will use education resources developed by Pulitzer Center to discuss how to bring global topics to their students.
The institute will include presentations by Pulitzer Center grantee journalists and hands-on curriculum building workshops lead by the journalists and by Pulitzer Center education staff. The institute is intended for elementry through community college educators to provide them with skills necessary to introduce their students to international news content in their classrooms.
In partnership with the Pulitzer Center, the 2017 Summer Institute for Educators is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Neighborhood Schools Program.
Kathryn Carlson, an award-winning video producer specializing in digital documentary filmmaking. Before beginning her freelance career in 2017, she spent four years working alongside photographers and journalists at National Geographic, creating more than 100 videos for its digital platforms. She is adept as pitching, producing, filming and editing stories that cover both domestic and international topics. Her videos explore the intricacies of the human condition, as well as science and conservation in concise and impactful ways. She served as a producer and editor on two videos that were featured in National Geographic's Special Issue on Gender (December 2016), which went on to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
Steve Elfers, a visual storyteller for 27 years who has covered military conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo and Somalia. Elfers is the managing editor of multimedia for USA Today, where he helps lead the photo, video and audio operations. His still photography has appeared in Time, Newsweek and numerous books and newspapers. His video work has aired on CNN, NBC, CBS, the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel. Elfers teaches multimedia workshops for the National Press Photographers Association and photojournalism classes at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Zach Fannin, a freelance producer, editor and cameraperson who has worked for PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Vocativ/MSNBC, News Corp, Bloomberg TV and The Daily Beast. Prior to his freelance work, he was a producer and editor at ABC News for close to a decade, working primarily for the flagship evening news show, World News Tonight. At ABC, Fannin was the recipient of both an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Alfred I. duPont Award.
Gary Marcuse, a freelance journalist based in Vancouver, Canada and a former Programmng Executive for CBC Television. His early work included more than 100 hours of reports and documentaries for CBC Radio and Radio Canada International. Since 1988 he has been writing and directing documentary films for CBC The Nature of Things and for international broadcast. His work includes a three part series on the emergence of environmental movements in North America, Russia and China. Waking the Green Tiger, a film about the rise of the green movement in China received the Green China Film prize and the Grantham Prize special award of merit for environmental journalism. The short documentary he is presenting in Chicago Searching for Sacred Mountain continues his exploration of the work of green activists in China. He is collaborating with teachers in the development of the Global Environmental Justice Documentaries collection which will be released early in 2018.
Craig Renaud, a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker, television producer, and film programmer living and working in New York City and Little Rock, Arkansas in partnership with his brother Brent Renaud. The Renaud brothers' work has taken them around the world to many of the conflict and hot zones of the last decade, including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, the drug war in Mexico, and the political turmoil in Egypt. Their films, and television shows have won awards including a Peabody, an IDA Award for Best TV Series, two Overseas Press Club Awards, two Columbia Dupont Awards and an Edward R. Murrow award for their work with The New York Times.
Katherine Zoepf, a fellow at the New America Foundation. Her first book, “Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World,” was published in 2016 and incorporated reporting from her Pulitzer Center-supported reporting project in Saudi Arabia. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Observer, International Herald Tribune, Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. Zoepf is an adjunct faculty member at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
For more information about the event, please visit the University of Chicago's Educator Outreach page and register at https://uchicago-international-education-events.ticketleap.com