Photojournalist Lynsey Addario on her work in Congo, Afghanistan and being detained in Libya

May 3, 2011

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One of Lynsey Addario's images for the 'Congo/Women' exhibit.

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day. And in a statement today, U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, said, “When governments repress their people and shield themselves from scrutiny, press freedom is among the most powerful vehicles for exposing misdeeds and upholding public trust.”

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario has seen up close the results of repression and injustice. She also made the news recently when she and three other journalists were detained in Libya. Her work in Congo was produced as a fellow for Columbia College-Chicago’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media. For her fellowship, Lynsey was commissioned by the Institute to create portraits of survivors of gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She discusses her career and work on the Institute’s traveling exhibition called Congo/Women Portraits of War.

Our discussion today with Lynsey is part of an ongoing collaboration between WBEZ and the Ellen Stone Belic Institute entitled: Gender, Human Rights, Leadership and Media. The Institute works closely developing projects with journalists, artists, human rights workers and activists across the world to investigate related global issues.

 

EVENT

A Conversation with Award-Winning Photographer Lynsey Addario

Part of the 5th anniversary celebration of the Ellen Stone Belic Institute

Tuesday, May 3 at 6pm

Film Row Cinema, 1104 S. Wabash, 8th floor

Free