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Moral History ‘Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame’ oral history exhibit at UD

“Without courage,” the great Maya Angelou once wrote, “We cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

We like to think of ourselves as courageous individuals, certainly. With little difficulty, we can imagine a dozen examples of behaviors that define courage, from soldiers in combat risking their lives to save fallen comrades, to a young LGBT student discussing his sexual orientation with his parents for the first time, to a small child bravely confronting a bully at school. But far too often, as a people, we tend not to act with courage, to take a risk. Too many times, we fall into step with the herd, or simply look the other way, or sit quietly when we should stand up and act.

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Confronting Issues of Criminal Justice

Created as part of a summer human rights photojournalism program, Picture Justice is organized by UNIS Global Politics teacher Abby MacPhail, in collaboration with Proof: Media for Social Justice.

Throughout August 2015, Picture Justice students spent two intensive weeks investigating the U.S. criminal justice system. Using New York City as their classroom, they met with representatives from local human rights organizations working on policy reform and providing services to the formerly incarcerated. Participants also trained with professional photographers from Proof, and met with 17 formerly incarcerated people to hear their stories and take their portraits.

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UNIC Pretoria supports 5th annual Francophonie festival with exhibit on child soldiers

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
7 April 2014

In a call to raise awareness of the worldwide phenomenon of child soldiers, UNIC Pretoria provided support to the High Commission of Canada in Pretoria as well as the Alliance Française of Pretoria to display a photographic exhibition entitled “Children of War”: Broken Childhood”.

Produced originally by the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the exhibition will form part of the month-long Francophonie festival at the Alliance de Française in Pretoria from 20 March to 17 April 2014.

Accompanying the opening of the exhibition on 20 March was a film screening on child soldiers entitled, War Witch (French: Rebelle). With over 130 people in attendance, the film was followed by a panel discussion on the topic, moderated by journalist and broadcaster, Jean-Jaques Cornish. Giving an account of their different experiences and expertise on the topic of child soldiers, the two panel members, Patrizia Benvenuti, Chief of Child Protection for UNICEF South Africa and Jamala Safari, poet and author of “The long great agony and pure laughter of the god”, spoke passionately about the topic.

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Visual Tellings to Confront "The Legacy of Rape"

by Alexandra Pollack. Published by Broad Recognition, Yale University, 22 October 2014.

Longtime photojournalist, teacher Leora Kahn travels to countries in the aftermath of armed conflict, conducting interviews about gender-based violence. When she visited Colombia with her students, an interviewee named Rosa declined to share her story. International organizations came frequently to solicit Rosa’s testimony. They compiled her story alongside thousands of similar stories and targeted an international audience of spectators totally removed from the populations recovering from armed conflict. Rosa wanted, instead, for her testimony to affect her home, to be disseminated among the Colombian population—among others who had shared similar experiences, among their families, and among those who had perpetrated violence.

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South Africa to Build Genocide Museum

South Africa to Build Genocide Museum

South Africa is constructing a museum that will have details of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The museum will also host the Jewish Holocaust (1939 to 1945). Reports from South Africa indicate that the museum is scheduled to open sometime next year during the 20th commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Rwandan rescuer, Enoch Rwandbruindi, featured in PROOF's exhibition, "Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers". Photo: Riccardo Gangale.

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