Maaza Mengiste’s Keynote Talk

Maaza Mengiste gave her keynote talk this morning to hundreds of high school students in the Norman area. Speaking about the Ethiopian revolution and her book Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, Mengiste spoke with fervor and eloquence and the students flooded the Q&A with questions. Check out the photo gallery below and don’t miss tonight’s gallery opening and keynote talk from photographer Phil Borges. Mengiste and Borges will both be signing books at the final event tonight!

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Maaza Mengiste’s Keynote Talk

Maaza Mengiste gave her keynote talk this morning to hundreds of high school students in the Norman area. Speaking about the Ethiopian revolution and her book Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, Mengiste spoke with fervor and eloquence and the students flooded the Q&A with questions. Check out the photo gallery below and don’t miss tonight’s gallery opening and keynote talk from photographer Phil Borges. Mengiste and Borges will both be signing books at the final event tonight!

Literature, film, and photography to promote social justice and change

Last night’s panel discussion over human trafficking was gripping and informative and the screening of Girl Rising was no less incredible. Today, Phil Borges, Yousef Khanfar, Todd Stewart, and Andrew Strout addressed the theme “Why Photography Matters” in a panel moderated by Mark A. White, and Borges later took those in attendance on a gallery tour of his exhibit Stirring the Fire. He told intimate stories about his experiences, and about the brave women he photographed around the world.

These themes continued into the afternoon where the film Girl Rising was screened for a second time and followed by a brief word from 2013 Puterbaugh Fellow Maaza Mengiste as she shared about the meek but brave spirit of Azmera—this is the young Ethiopian girl in the film who resisted a forced early marriage. After Mengiste spoke, four OU professors – Ralph Beliveau, Eric Bosse, Kristin Dowell, and Kimberly Roppolo – discussed using art to promote social and political change in a panel moderated by Jill Irvine. Check out the photo galleries from Thursday’s events below.

“Why Photography Matters” and Gallery Talk with Phil Borges

Roundtable: Using Art to Promote Social and Political Change