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Witness: Photographers, Journalists, and Social Workers Respond to Tragedy

If you’re near New York City on December 3, this looks like a great event to attend:

Witness: Photographers, Journalists, and Social Workers Respond to Tragedy

Panel at Columbia University

Location: New York City
Date: Dec. 3, 2008
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m
Panelists: Grace Christ, Donna DeCesare, Jack Saul, Bruce Shapiro

RSVP: Kate Black, kate.black@dartcenter.org

Unlike social workers or therapists—the witnesses of the helping professions—journalists and photographers function mainly to inform, interpret, and bridge rather than to help directly. Documentary photographers can inspire understanding and compassion with their images and can contribute to opening paths to assistance.

Yet there are pitfalls and ethical challenges when documenting stories about communities or individuals who have been through traumatic experiences. This panel will explore ways to strengthen the impact of documentary practice, sharing knowledge and practices of inclusion across disciplines.

Panelists

– Bruce Shapiro, executive director, the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (moderator)
– Grace Christ, professor, Columbia University School of Social Work
– Donna DeCesare, photographer and associate professor, University of Texas School of Journalism
– Jack Saul, assistant professor of clinical population and family health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

This event is jointly sponsored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, the Columbia University School of Social Work, and the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project.

DeCesare’s exhibition Sharing Secrets: Children’s Portraits Exposing Stigma is part of the Moving Walls 12 photography exhibition organized by the Open Society Institute and is currently on display at the Columbia School of Social Work.

Location

Columbia University School of Social Work
1255 Amsterdam Avenue
(between 121st and 122nd Streets)
Concourse Level, Room C03
New York, NY

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