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International Discussion Series: Humanizing Prisoners in Media: How Journalists Can Use Tools of Fiction to Portray the Reality of Mass Incarceration
December 6, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Bechtel International Center - Map Link
Light lunch served at 11:45AM
All are welcome!
Bechtel International Center invites you to International Discussion Series talk on
HUMANIZING PRISONERS IN MEDIA: HOW JOURNALISTS CAN USE TOOLS OF FICTION TO PORTRAY THE REALITY OF MASS INCARCERATION
Thursday, December 6, 2018, 12-1 PM
Sarah Shourd, John S. Knight Journalism Fellow
Sarah Shourd is a multi-media journalist and artist based in Oakland, California. In this talk, Shourd will draw from her own work and that of other journalists and artists who focus on mass incarceration. She will discuss how journalists can use the tools of fiction and storytelling to humanize the 2.3 million Americans currently locked behind bars; harnessing the power of mediums such as theater, photography, print, personal testimony, graphic novels, TV and virtual reality to give the public the stories they need to inspire critical dialogue, policy solutions and change.
Shourd conducted a 3-year investigation into solitary confinement, interviewing over 75 prisoners across the U.S. Based on this investigation, she wrote and produced a play, The BOX, which premiered in San Francisco. She co-authored an anthology, Hell is a Very Small Place, comprised of the stories of incarcerated Americans she collected. Shourd coauthored a book about her own imprisonment called A Sliver of Light: Three Americans in Iran.