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POSTPONED: Public Talk: “Help a Woman, Help the Planet” with Annie Griffiths

April 14, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

**Note: This event has been postponed to Fall 2020**

Photographer Annie Griffiths will present a 60-minute talk entitled 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.

Guest Speaker: Annie Griffiths | National Geographic Photographer | Founder and Executive Director, Ripple Effect Images

One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie 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. Annie’s 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 by Barnes and Noble. In addition to her editorial work, Annie 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.

Known for her warmth and humor, Annie has a gift for sharing stories and photographs that humanize situations and cultures. In her richly illustrated presentations, she reflects on the privilege of immersing herself in other cultures she and what it has taught her. Among other venues, Annie has spoken before the United Nations, Microsoft, Adobe, Skoll, and Proctor & Gamble; The World Presidents’ Association named her one of the “Best of the Best Speakers.” Annie 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, European Horizons at Carolina, UNC Global, the UNC School of Media and Journalism, and the UNC TransAtlantic Masters Program.

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FedEx Global Education Center, Nelson Mandela Auditorium

UNC Chapel Hill


April 14, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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