Department of Media Studies to Host Vision Project Lecture Series

News Story: December 21, 2007

Sacred Heart University’s Department of Media Studies and Digital Culture is partnered with the Nikon Spirit Initiative to host two installments in the Vision Project lecture series entitled “Photography in a Digital World.” The lecture on November 12, featured the prolific photographer, multimedia artist and documentary filmmaker Ron Amato. A presentation by award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv will be featured on Monday, November 26.

In addition to being an accomplished documentary filmmaker and multimedia artist for the Lincoln Center and several Broadway of Off-Broadway productions, Ron Amato is a prolific photographer whose work has been exhibited nationally and appeared in many magazines, A commercial photographer since 1983, Amato’s publication and advertising client list includes Campbell's Soup, Parade, Woman's Day and Men's Health among many others.

Ron Haviv has produced some of the most important images of conflicts and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, he has covered conflict and humanitarian crises in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia and the Balkans. Most recently, he has documented wars in Darfur and the Democractic Republic of Congo. Haviv has spoken about and discussed his work on The Charlie Rose Show, NPR, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, CNN, MSNBC and The Best Damn Sports Show Ever.

“We are thrilled to be working with Vision Project to provide this opportunity for our students to learn from successful commercial photographers, filmmaker and photojournalists,” said Dr. James Castonguay, chairperson of the Department of Media Studies and Digital Culture at Sacred Heart.

Richard Falco, director of the Vision Project, joined the Sacred Heart faculty in September to teach a digital photography course that focuses on issues of human dignity and social justice. “Through its focus on making the world a better place by documenting social injustices and emphasizing the dignity of the human person, [Professor Falco’s] course—like the entire Vision Project--resonates with Sacred Heart University’s mission and the Catholic intellectual tradition,” said Castonguay. “We look forward to continuing to partner with Vision Project on outreach and educational initiatives that make a difference through media.”

Vision Project Lecture Series Details

Ron Haviv: Photojournalism and the Human Condition - Monday November 26, 2007, 1:30 pm Faculty Lounge

About Vision Project:
Vision Project is an organization dedicated to the development of documentary photography and educational programming related to still photography. The goal of Visual Project is to produce documentary material and educational programs that encourage understanding and awareness about a broad range of social issues. This information and programming is for the general public and particularly members of the younger generation. Vision Project seeks to reinforce the social, cultural and historical value documentary work contributes to society.

Web site: http://www.visionproject.org/