Madison Committee
on Foreign Relations

Learning to Navigate the Ethics of Global Health and Humanitarian Reporting

  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Banquet Room of the University Club, 803 State Street

Registration

Erin Luhmann

Covering Health and Poverty Issues with Nicholas Kristof and Beyond

Please join us for a MCFR members-only breakfast!

Reservations required by Monday, February 10 at 11 a.m.

News concerning issues of global health, malnutrition, poverty and women’s rights can be overwhelming. But grounding these issues in the stories of individual women, children and refugees helps bring a human face to the geo-political crises that are unfolding every day around the world.

Erin Luhmann won the 2013 Win-A-Trip contest, as a journalism graduate student at UW-Madison. She traveled to West Africa with Pulitzer Prize winning op-ed columnist for the New York Times Nicholas Kristof to report on food insecurity in Mali, obstetric fistula in Niger, the plight of Darfuri refugees in Chad, and more. Kristof launched his Win-A-Trip contest in 2006 in response to his frustration that issues of global health and poverty don't get enough press attention. As an independent journalist, Erin recently spent a month reporting in Jordan. There, she visited Za'atari Refugee Camp, the second largest refugee camp in the world.

Erin will share her experiences reporting on global health, malnutrition and poverty as well as her insights on the role of a journalist reporting on these issues.

Erin will open up our breakfast conversation to talk about the value and challenges of story telling in regards to humanitarian issues.  She will discuss the role of advocates, journalists, aid workers, as well as communications officers sometimes come in conflict with, with one another.  Our hope is that you, our members, would be able to speak and contribute to the discussion from these various perspectives.

Reservations required by Monday, February 10 at 11 a.m.

Location: Banquet Room of the University Club, 803 State Street


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You are also welcome to join Erin the evening before at her lecture:

Learning to Navigate the Ethics of Global Health and Humanitarian Reporting: Sharing My Experiences From the 2013 Win-A-Trip with NYT Columnist Nicholas Kristof

On-the-ground reporting about global health, malnutrition and poverty issues and telling the stories of individual women, children and refugees helps bring a human face to the geo-political crises that are unfolding everyday in the world. Erin Luhmann will share her insights on global health, malnutrition and poverty issues as well as what she learned as to the role and responsibilities of a journalist reporting on these issues.
 
Erin completed a masters in journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. She had a previous stint in the Peace Corps, serving in Kyrgyzstan, which solidified her passion for cross-cultural communication and understanding news access as a basic humanitarian need.

Date:
Monday, February 10

Time:
5:30pm

Location:

Sonata Room, 2nd floor of the Gordon Commons Dining and Event Center, 770 W. Dayton St

(Doors on University Avenue and Lake Street will be open and are closer to parking ramps)

No reservations required.
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