A lunch conversation with international war photojournalist Sean Sutton
CHICAGO – On Thursday, March 15th, the Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the American Friends Service Committee will host an Artists, Authors, and Activists After Hours (AAAH) program with international war photojournalist Sean Sutton. Seating is limited to 50 guests. The event begins at noon at the Chicago Cultural Center, 5th floor Millennium Room.
Sutton’s Surviving the Peace exhibition, on display for the first time in the United States at the Chicago Cultural Center, provides an intimate look at the challenges faced by survivors as they emerge from war and how the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) helps to rebuild lives in countries such as Iraq, Sudan, and Lebanon. Sutton will discuss his work and experience as a photojournalist, the issue of landmines, and the humanitarian work of MAG.
The conversation with Sutton will be led by scholar W.J.T. Mitchell, a professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago who is especially known for his work on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues.
The Surviving the Peace exhibition will be on display at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Michigan Avenue Galleries from March 10 to April 29, 2007. These remarkable black and white photographs were captured by Sutton over ten years of working as photographer for MAG in conflict-affected countries around the world.
This program is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.422.5580. Please specify "AAAHwith Sean Sutton." A free lunch will be served.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC SQUARE AT THE ILLINOIS HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The Public Square at the IHC fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. Programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations. Knowledge is power, yet much crucial knowledge still circulates only in small, isolated communities. We build bridges between theory and practice in order to empower individuals to use ideas as tools to improve their lives.
AAAH programs are intimate, informal discussions over meals that allow for meaningful exchanges among people who share some connection to the work of a visiting artist. Since coalition building is one of the cornerstones of social change, AAAH programs are structured to give individuals a chance to meet others engaged in similar struggles and projects.
More information about The Public Square at the IHC is available at www.thepublicsquare.org.
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