Rick Loomis, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist – Oct. 25

Rick Loomis, photojournalist – Oct. 25

LaRose Digital Theatre, Koury Business Center, 7:30 p.m.

Working for the Los Angeles Times, Rick Loomis spent the last several years in the most dangerous situations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and he recently won the Pulitzer for a five-part series about our endangered oceans. In a multimedia presentation Monday evening, Loomis will share stories on such topics as the unexpected challenges facing a wounded soldier returning home and the ecological changes currently underway on our planet.

Admission is free and a ticket is not required. Please note: this will be an extended presentation, 90 minutes plus Q&A. Audience members will be asked to remain for the entire program as a courtesy to others.

Loomis has traveled the world several times spending days and nights in places and events most of us would never dare to go. An insightful storyteller, his work captures the human and emotional experiences of those coping with the aftermath. He has intensely documented the United States war against terror beginning in the month following the World Trade Center attack and for two years in Afghanistan either embedded with military forces or reporting the civilian side of the story.

He is also an avid SCUBA diver and has explored some of the most remote, pristine reaches of the earth as well as the depths of sewage outflows. For other stories, he camped the Alaskan tundra, trekked through the jungles of Uganda and traveled transcontinental Asian train routes. He earned a BA in Photojournalism and a minor in Latin America Studies from Western Kentucky University. Visit his website: http://www.loomisphotography.com.

Last week, Loomis and Elon faculty member Randy Piland attended The Mountain Workshops in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Now in its 35th year, the event offers three concurrent programs, the Photojournalism Workshop, Picture Editing Workshop and the Multimedia Workshop in a week long experience in documentary-style photojournalism. More information on the workshop is available at: www.mountainworkshops.org

His Elon visit was made possible by the Liberal Arts Forum, a student organization that brings guests to Elon to promote discussions about current interdisciplinary topics.