65. Spirit of Malawi

Gloria So

Often when we see images related to human rights, we see the absence of human rights—of atrocity, of body mutilations, of famine and hunger—to represent the need for human rights. Consequently, there is a potential for the exploitation of the subjects. While these ethical considerations are my biggest concern whenever I want to take photos of others, I believe in the overall power of human rights documentation because it is actionable and meaningful in that the act of re-presenting the narratives can create change by shifting the way we perceive our reality.

When I reflect on my experience in Malawi, Africa, I am conscious of the social injustices present in the communities we visited that make the country rank near the bottom of the UN Human Development Index: a lacking education system, a police force that beats children living on the streets, and extreme poverty.  However, that is not what I will remember most. If I could sum up the spirit of Malawians in one image I will never forget, this would be it. The pure joy and the laughter of the children of M’Dala Chikowa Nursery School racing past us up the fields of the mountain, eager to share with us a genuine part of themselves, to show us the breathtaking beauty of Lake Malawi below.

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Elon to celebrate National Day on Writing with events across campus on Oct. 20

Elon University will be celebrating the National Day on Writing with events all across campus on Friday, Oct. 20! Join in the discussion of #WhyIWrite at any, or all of the events being hosted by groups from across campus.

Active Citizen Series: Writing for Action - Writing Persuasive Letters to Elected Officials and Newspapers

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. in Moseley 215.

Workshop: Learning iMovie and Designing Video Assignments, Oct. 25

Paula Rosinski, professor of English and director of Writing Across the University, and a Writing Center consultant will present on “Learning iMovie and Designing Video Assignments” on Oct. 25, 2017.

Workshop: Teaching Two-Column Script Writing

Douglas Kass, assistant professor of communications, is presenting on
“Teaching 2-Column Script Writing” on Nov. 1.