Participants from around the world are invited to participate remotely in the “Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict” on October 6, 2016 from 9 am-5 pm ET via Twitter @NewhouseGlobal and our affiliated Periscope channel (live stream via social media).
Held at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, the symposium is a joint venture between Syracuse’s College of Law, and the Maxwell School of Citizenship. Leading experts, advocates, and journalists will be present to discuss ways to promote and restore political stability in the region.
Conference schedule: http://newhouseglobal.syr.edu/event/syria/
One of the conference goals is to engage participants remotely via social media as many Syrian journalists and activists are unable to attend in person. Because of the conflict in the region, and the targeting of journalists, some participants may want to participate anonymously for greater personal security. Also, given the rise of social media and the rapid dissemination of comments at conferences, we recognize that in person attendees may be prevented from freely expressing themselves, which would lessen the impact of the conference. We are inviting both virtual and in real life participants to participate via Twitter and Periscope anonymously (please mute the volume if you are in the room and only use the Periscope chat feature).
Renowned photojournalist and humanitarian Reza Photography will speak at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. He will discuss his work and the power of photography to connect cultures, communities and hearts. The event will include an exhibit of his project “Exile Voices,” which comprises images taken by children at Kawergosk Refugee Camp in northern Iraq as part of the Reza Visual Academy.
After his work, “Memories of Exile” was shown at the Louvre Carousel in 1998, he shared his humanitarian vision through a series of monumental installations: “Crossing Destinies”; “One World, One Tribe”; “War + Peace”; “Windows of the Soul”; “Soul of Coffee”; “Land of Azerbaijan: the Elegance of Fire”; and “A Dream of Humanity.”
His work has been recognized by World Press Photo and he has won the Infinity Award and the Lucy Award. He received an honorary medal from the University of Missouri and an honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the American University of Paris. He is also the recipient of the Chevalier of the National Order of Merit. He is the author of 29 books.
Reza will also participate in the Newhouse event “Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict” on Oct. 6.
His talk is sponsored by the Newhouse Center for Global Engagement, the Department of Multimedia Photography and Design and the Alexia Foundation. For more information, contact Kristen Northrop at 315-443-7358 or email@example.com.
Pictured above: Dogubayazit, Kurdistan region, Turkey, 1993: Two Kurdish boys cross a road, carrying the frame of a television screen.
On October 5th, 2016 the Newhouse Global Center for Global Engagement hosted their first event on campus: “Running for Cover: Politics, Justice and Media in the Syrian Conflict.” The day-long, live streamed event focused on accountability in the Syrian conflict, with dialogue between expert panelists from around the world leading the discussion. An empty chair also was available on the panel as an opportunity for audience members to join the conversation.
Professor Ken Harper commenced the event by addressing participants in the jam-packed Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, urging them, “Remember the humanity in our conversations today and respect them by having strong conversations in coming up with new ideas. It’s important. It’s out of respect. Everything that we’re doing today is out of respect for those suffering.”
While the panels each had a specific focus – the geopolitical situation in Syria, accountability for atrocity, the media’s role, social media in reporting war, and next steps – that respect for those suffering was at the heart of each conversation. Founding director of the Syrian Accountability Project and SU Law Professor David Crane encouraged audience members, “Keep reporting, keep seeking justice…At the end of the day, this is about human beings. There are things that you, in this room can do. Talk about this issue. Don’t forget Syria.”
Although the Syrian conflict, also stated by panelist Sherine Tadros as “humanitarian political crisis of our generation,” seemed insurmountable at times throughout discussion, panelists encouraged and urged attendees to take action – no matter how small. Andrew Beiter, education director of I Am Syria, observed, “The bad guys are collaborating, but so can we.” Bill Wiley, founder and director of Commission for International Justice and Accountability, added, “It takes time. It takes patience. We keep moving forward.”
To add to the event conversation and create a fully immersive experience, three photo galleries capturing the horrors of the Syrian conflict, provided by Pictures of the Year International, Reza Visual Academy, and Ed Kashi, hung on the walls of the event space. Attendees also had the opportunity to view 360 videos, provided by The New York Times, ABC News and ROYT, virtually placing audience members in the shoes of the suffering.
At the close of the event, Professor Harper again reminded the audience, “Get up and go do something,” with Professor Crane adding, “You don’t have to go out and save the world. Any step forward is important.” “Running for Cover” garnered over 700 social media engagements across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with the event’s hashtag, #SUSyria. Posts on social media reflected Professors Harper and Crane’s passion.
“The focus was raw and often difficult to hear,” said SU Chancellor Kent Syverud. “There were accounts of atrocities against children, of cities brought to rubble, of refugees with nowhere to go. Some of the world’s great and courageous journalists described the struggle to fully convey the horror in this changing era of digital media. The stories and images were a reminder of an unbearable reality—but the symposium raised that reality into the light. No one with a conscience could leave that auditorium unshaken. It was exactly what a great University is called to do.”