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Photographer Greg Constantine Speaks on Burma at University of Chicago

Event Date:

April 24, 2013 | 7:00 AM EDT
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Image by Greg Constantine. Bangladesh, 2009.

Pulitzer Center grantee photojournalist Greg Constantine visits the University of Chicago on April 24 to discuss his reporting on statelessness as part of the panel, "Business in Myanmar & the Promise of Reform" along with independent media speclialist Lisa Brooten and Karen human rights activist Myra Dahgaypaw.

Since 2006 Constantine, a photojournalist based in Bangkok, has worked on a project called "Nowhere People," which examines the plight of minority groups who are not citizens of any country. Exhibitions and projections of his work have been held in Dhaka, London, Geneva, Nairobi, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Washington and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. His photography on statelessness is part of the Pulitzer Center's e-book "In Search of Home," named one of the Best Tablet/Mobile Delivery projects of the year by the National Press Photographers Association. The e-book includes reporting by journalist Stephanie Hanes and focuses on stateless people living in Kenya, Burma and the Dominican Republic.

Brooten, a PhD in international telecommunications and MAIA in international development studies, spent seven years with NPR before moving to Southeast Asia, where she worked and studied media in the region for another seven years. Her work has focused especially on Burmese independent media in opposition to the country's military dictatorship. Dahgaypaw, a human rights activist from Karen State, spent 12 years as an internally displaced person and another 17 as a refugee. She assists and advocates for refugees from Burma who are resettled in the United States.

"Business in Myanmar & the Promise of Reform"
Wednesday, April 24
5:30-7:00 pm
Harold Leonard Stuart Hall Room 101
University of Chicago
5835 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Free and open to the public.

The panel is organized by the University's Chicago Society, which describes itself as the "undergraduate forum dedicated to engaging the student body on the most pressing world issues." While in Chicago, Constantine also will visit schools as part of the Pulitzer Center's Global Gateway education program. In addition, Constantine's two-week US visit will include conversations with students in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. He wraps up his visit with a Talks @ Pulitzer event at 5:30 pm on April 30.

From April 18 to May 10, an exhibition of Constantine's work on statelessness also will be shown at Webster University in St. Louis. The exhibition is sponsored by the UNHCR, the UN's human refugee agency, and has traveled around the world for the past two years.


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