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VII Perspectives: Migration.

Saturday Seminars: $30 (General) & $10 (Student
Sunday Workshops: $125 (General) & $99 (Student)

As part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University and the 5th anniversary of the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the IGL, leading Photojournalists from the VII Photo Agency will explore their coverage of the continuing migration and merging of societies and cultures through a series of presentations and panels featuring recent work from the Syrian refugee crisis and discussion with academic experts followed by a day of hands on workshops.

VII founder, Gary Knight and Chair of the Program for Narrative and Documentary Practice at Tufts University will be joined by fellow VII Members Ron Haviv, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, John Stanmeyer, Maciek Nabrdalik and Franco Pagetti.

Saturday, Nov. 14: Agenda

1:15 PM
PART ONE – HISTORY: The First Migration
Man has been seeking better opportunities since our ancestors’ first migration out of Africa. John Stanmeyer is documenting man’s journey and subsequent evolution with National Geographic’s Out of Eden Project – an epic 21,000-mile, seven year odyssey from Ethiopia to South America.

2:00 PM
PART TWO – CRISIS: The European Refugee Crisis
VII photographers are documenting the developing refugee crisis from its origins in the Syrian uprising to the beaches of Greece and beyond. Technology has both expanded the reach and immediacy of their work while challenging our definition of a true image.
VII Photographers: Ron Haviv, Maciek Nabrdalik, Franco Pagetti and Ashley Gilbertson
Moderated by Sherman Teichman, Director, Institute for Global Leadership, Tufts University

3:15 PM Break

3:30 PM
PART THREE – THE AFTERMATH: Changing Face of Identity in Europe
What comes next when the act of migration is over? Ed Kashi will present his work on Police Profiling in Europe and how it impacts immigrants in France, Holland and the UK.

4:00 PM
The Newest American Project: Ed Kashi, Ashley Gilbertson
VII has partnered with the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers University Newark, and Talking Eyes Media, on a 3 year multi-platform digital storytelling project to provide a glimpse into the world of the Newest Americans and our demographic future. We will show three short films, one of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to bring in the element of internal migration in the US with our African American population and the Great Migration up north in the 20th Century, a film about an American Syrian composer that delves into the power of music and the Syrian revolution, and American Sueño, a short film from Ron Haviv.

Sunday, Nov. 15: Workshops

11:00 AM
Workshop #1: Street Photography (limit 15)

Ed Kashi and Maciek Nabrdalik will lead students around Boston and guide them on how to approach subjects, compose their frames, and find new and unexpected angles. An editing critique with the photographers will follow the shooting session.

Instructors: Maciek Nabrdalik (VII Photographer), Ed Kashi (VII Photographer)

11:00 AM
Workshop #2: Survival: The Complete Travel Toolkit

Ron Haviv will share tips and tricks on how best to survive and thrive in the before, during, and after of a shoot. Your assignment starts before you leave your house: planning, packing and preparing are key components of success, and even the best plans can go awry. From how to pitch a story, find funding and do a budget this workshop will discuss how to plan for success and cope with disaster, with suggestions and anecdotes from a seasoned professional and photojournalist. Learn directly from Ron how to identify and avoid the mistakes he has made over his two decade career.

Instructor: Ron Haviv (VII Co-Founder and Photographer)

Workshop #3: TBD

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