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POSTPONED: Annie Griffiths, ‘Help a Woman, Help the Planet’

April 14, 2020 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Note: This has been postponed until Fall 2020.

National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths will present a lecture, ‘Help a Woman, Help the Planet’, followed by Q&A. This touches on all aspects of the Ripple mission of assistance to women globally, and will have a component on Syria and the refugee crisis. She will also show the Ripple Short Film The Water Wheel shot in a refugee camp by Ripple photographer Lynn Johnson, with music written by Syrian-American composer Malek Jandali. A reception will follow the lecture.

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Griffiths has photographed in more than a hundred countries during her rich and varied career. She has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Galilee, Petra, Sydney, and Jerusalem. Her books include A Camera, Two Kids, and a Camel, a photo memoir about balance and the joy of creating a meaningful life. Her book, Simply Beautiful Photographs, was named the top photo/art book of the year by Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In addition to her editorial work, Griffiths is deeply committed to using photography to drive support to aid organizations. She is the founder and executive director of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of photojournalists who are documenting programs that empower women and girls in the developing world.

Griffith has a gift for sharing stories and photographs that humanize situations and cultures. In her presentations, she reflects on the privilege of immersing herself in other cultures she and what it has taught her. The World Presidents’ Association named her one of the “Best of the Best Speakers.” Griffith has been a popular guest on shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio. She has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, and the White House News Photographers Association.

This event is co-sponsored by the UNC African Studies Center, the UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, the Exodus Institute, UNC Global, the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media, and the UNC TransAtlantic Masters Program.

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