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Children and photography subject of talk at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 9, 2001 -- Wendy Ewald, scholar and noted photographer, will speak on "Secret Games: 30 Years of Collaboration with Children Through Photography," at the University of Rhode Island.

Ewald, who is this year’s URI Foundation Distinguished Scholar, will speak on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. in the Biological Sciences Auditorium on the Kingston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow.

For 30 years, Ewald has collaborated in art projects with children, families, women and teachers in Labrador, Colombia, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Holland, Mexico and the United States. She taught photography to Naskapi and MicMac Native Children in Canada, and to children in Raquira, Columbia and Gujarat, India. She also created the Literacy through Photography programs in Houston, Texas and Durham, North Carolina.

Ewald has encouraged children to use cameras to record and express themselves, their families, their communities and their dreams, in order to realize the importance of their own vision. Ewald herself also takes photographs of the communities she works with. When she receives the negatives, she encourages the children to mark or write on them, so they can further express who they are and how they live.

Ewald taught photography and filmmaking to students in Whitesburg, Kentucky from 1976 to 1980, and was a visiting associate professor at Bard College in 1996.

She has had solo exhibitions at the International Center of Photography in New York, the Center for Creative photography in Tucson, the George Eastman House in Rochester, the Nederlands Foto Institute in Rotterdam, and the Fotomuseum in Wintherthur, Switzerland.

Ewald’s long-standing commitment to helping children recognize the worth of their own visions has earned her many honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Visual Arts Fellowship for South Africa, the Andy Warhol Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.

She has authored five books, including Secret Games, published by Scalo in 2000 and she has lectured throughout the world.

Ewald is currently a research scholar at the Franklin Center and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and a Senior Fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School in New York.

Ewald’s lecture at URI is sponsored by the Honors & Visiting Scholars Committee, the Honors Program, and the URI Foundation.

For Information: Deborah Gardiner, 401-874-2303, Jan Sawyer, 401-874-2116, Jennifer Smith, 401-874-2116

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