Speaker: Shahidul Alam, Photographer, writer, human rights activist, and Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year
Moderator: Geeta Anand, Acting Professor of Reporting, UC Berkeley School of Journalism
The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley is honored to welcome Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, photographer, writer, and human rights activist Shahidul Alam to deliver the Chowdhury Center Distinguished Lecture for 2019.
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Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, photographer, writer, and human rights activist Shahidul Alam, obtained a PhD in chemistry from London University before taking up photography. Returning to his native Bangladesh in 1984, he campaigned to bring down autocratic general Hussain Muhammad Ershad. In his pursuit of social justice, he set up the award-winning Drik Picture Library, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, and Chobi Mela international photography festival. His book My journey as a Witness has been described by John Morris, the legendary picture editor of Life magazine, as the “most important book ever written by a photographer.” A recognized public speaker, Alam has lectured at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Stanford, and Yale universities. He has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Modern, and Centre Georges Pompidou. His awards include a Lucie Award, as well as the Shilpakala Award, the highest cultural award given to Bangladeshi artists. Alam is the only person of color to have chaired the prestigious international jury of World Press Photo. He is a visiting professor of Sunderland University and an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. In 2018, he was jailed and tortured for speaking out against his government’s repressive practices.
Read more about Dr. Alam HERE.
Established in 2013 the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.
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SPONSORED BYThe Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, The South Asia Art Initiative at UC Berkeley, Department of History of Art, Blum Center for Developing Economies, Master of Development Practice, Department of Art Practice, Graduate School of Journalism, Human Rights Center
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