Pulitzer Center grantees Kang-Chun Cheng and Jacob Kushner will visit Davidson College on September 21, 2023, to speak with students about science misinformation and COVID-19 in Morocco and the Western Sahara. They will visit classes, participate in public conversation, and present an evening keynote.
Kushner lectures at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper’s, VQR, and Foreign Policy. He also wrote the book China’s Congo Plan.
Cheng, who goes by KC, is a photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Christian Science Monitor, Climbing Magazine, and Al Jazeera. She is also a member of Women Photograph and Diversify Photo.
Programming at Davidson is supported by the college's Dean Rusk International Studies Program.
For the Pulitzer Center-supported project Trust and Distrust in Africa’s COVID “Black Hole,” Cheng and Kushner compared high levels of trust in the COVID-19 vaccine in Morocco to the Western Sahara, a non-self-governing territory Morocco claims as its own. There, no information exists. Hundreds of thousands of Sahrawis may be at risk in a pandemic that isn’t over yet.