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Jordan-based journalist Alice Su to visit campus March 12

The freelancer will host a presentation titled “Interim Lives,” discussing her work abroad that focuses on topics relating to refugees, religion, China and the Middle East. The event will be held in the McEwen Communications Building, room 011.

On Thursday, March 12, Jordan-based journalist Alice Su will lecture at Elon University’s School of Communications. Photo courtesy of Su

‚ÄčAlice Su, a young journalist based in Amman, Jordan, will present an on-campus lecture on Thursday, March 12. The talk, titled “Interim Lives,” will be held at 4:15 p.m. in the McEwen Communications Building, room 011. The School of Communications and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting are co-sponsoring the hourlong lecture and subsequent Q&A session.

Born in Shanghai, China, and educated at Princeton University, the freelancer focuses on issues relating to refugees, religion, China and the Middle East. Her work has been printed internationally in publications such as The Guardian, The Atlantic, Wired and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.

Glenn Scott, associate professor of communications, called Su “clever and modern" and "a global citizen,” who will certainly engage a student audience.

While only in her 20s, Su has already established herself as a trusted news source. In 2014, she won the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize from the United Nations Correspondents Association.

Her stories often feature Jordan’s U.N.-run camps of Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as people relocating from Somalia and Sudan who reside in run-down districts of Amman. Some members of these displaced populations have waited nearly a decade for relocation.

According to Scott, Su attempts to highlight stories of how the refugees work to help themselves any way they can — because few others offer assistance.

For more information regarding Su, watch this video interview with the journalist, visit her website, or follow her on Twitter.

Tommy Kopetskie,
3/5/2015 11:55 AM