Friday, October 14, 2011

CCGAP, Global City to co-host photojournalist Oct. 17, 18

HANCOCK -- Next week the Copper Country Guatemala Accompaniment Project (CCGAP) will host Graham Hunt, a photojournalist living and working in Central America. He recently spent a year accompanying witnesses in genocide cases against some of Guatemala's most notorious wartime military leaders, revealing the way in which the Guatemalan genocide served to clear the indigenous people from their resource-rich homelands.

Hunt will be giving two public presentations: At 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, he will speak at the First United Methodist Church in Hancock (following a potluck at 6 p.m.).

Global City will co-host Hunt's presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Fisher Hall, Room 329, on the Michigan Tech campus. Pizza and pop will be served. Bring your own cup or mug to minimize waste.

"For six months of this year we supported the work of photojournalist Graham Hunt as he documented the activities of indigenous organizations who educate local communities about their rights in relation to mining corporations," says CCGAP Executive Director Sue Ellen Kingsley. "Graham had served previously as an accompanier to witnesses in the genocide trials, so he is well-acquainted with the issues of social justice and the environment."

Hunt has documented resistance to mega-developments, creating mobile photography exhibits for use by leaders working to raise awareness of indigenous rights.

Check out his work on these NISGUA (Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala) blogs:
http://nisgua.blogspot.com/2010/12/huitan-rejects-mining.html

http://nisgua.blogspot.com/2010/12/communities-present-results-of.html

Hunt will be visiting Monday through Friday of next week. In addition to these public presentations, open to all, he will visit individual classes at Michigan Tech.

Global City is a Michigan Tech campus organization that brings together graduate students, undergraduates and faculty to share knowledge and experiences about global issues and cultural diversity. For more information, visit their Web site.

Read a letter from Graham Hunt on the CCGAP Web site.

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