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Sunday, June 10 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Building and Sustaining the Dream Project: Havana and Haiti -- Two Cultures, One Community

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A conversation regarding the making, organizing, and producing Iris PhotoCollective's first book, "Havana and Haiti: Two Cultures, One Community."

The book, which juxtaposes the geography, political life, and culture of the two island nations - Cuba and Haiti, is more than 11 years in the making. The project began in 1992 when Carl Juste, one of the four founders of Iris PhotoCollective, found himself in Guantanamo, at a refuge detainment camp.  

For the first time, Cubans and Haitians shared the same INS limbo, though Cubans waited for transfer to the U.S. mainland, while Haitians waited for the repatriation to the hell they had tried to escape.

Juste assembled some of the best print journalists both in the written and visual narratives to add their perspectives to this historic project.  Under the creative direction of Luis Rios, the IPC's photo editor and guidance of the project director, Lissette Mendez, the idea turned into an exhibition and and now has become a reality with an exhibition and book launch funded by the Knight Art Challenge grant in Fall 2018 at the Coral Gables Museum.

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André Chung

André is an award-winning photojournalist and portrait photographer, specializing in capturing moments, conveying emotion and communicating messages with images. He was a staff photographer for more than twelve years at the Baltimore Sun, and before that he was on staff at the Chicago... Read More →
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C.W. Griffin

C.W. Griffin, a photographer working in Miami has taught at the University of Miami for 12 years, and has been a staff photographer at The Miami Herald for the past 28 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and while serving in the military he was the first African-American... Read More →
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Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy is  a contract photojournalist with Zuma Press. She is formerly a photographer for The Washington Post. She has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of four people to do so, and the only journalist with that achievement.
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Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Leonard Garvey Pitts Jr.  is an American commentator, journalist and novelist. He is a nationally syndicated columnist and winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. He was originally hired by the Miami Herald to critique music, but within a few years he received his own column... Read More →
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Carl Juste

Under the threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl-Philippe Juste and his politically active family were forced to flee their homeland in 1965.  Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and attended the University of Miami.  He vigorously pursued photojournalism... Read More →
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Pablo Martinez Monsivías

Pablo Martinez Monsivías is the son of a migrant laborer and the first of his siblings to be born in the United States. He grew up in Chicago’ Mexican-American community of Little Villages, where he was immersed in its particular immigrant experience. After graduating with a degree... Read More →
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Luis Rios

San Antonio Express-News Director of Photography Luis Rios is a national award-winning editor whose editing work is highlighted by two Pulitzer Prizes, a RFK Photojournalism Award, two Scripps Howard Photojournalism Awards and several National Headliners and World Press photography... Read More →

Sunday June 10, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
Nitze Kenney Herter Auditorium John Hopkins SAIS