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32nd Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture: “Immortalizing the Voiceless,” by Mike Thomson, BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Presenter and Author

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Center for Global Studies | Department of Journalism | European Union Center | Mortenson Center for International Library Programs | School of Information Sciences | University of Illinois Library Urbana-Champaign
School of Information Sciences Building (501 E. Daniel St.), Room 126
Sep 21, 2022   3:30 - 5:00 pm  
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Enabling those affected by war and tyranny to tell their stories, giving voice to the voiceless, empowers us all. Not only is being heard cathartic for those who have lost so much, it also helps us all to truly engage with their plight, deepening our desire to help in whatever ways we can. We all know that hundreds of thousands of people are near starving in Yemen or being butchered in places like Syria and Ukraine, but knowing is rarely enough. We need to feel, to identify, to realise that this could be us or our loved ones. To be linked to the thread of humanity that connects us all, whatever our country, creed or culture.Yet until recently people’s heartfelt stories told on the ephemeral media of radio and TV were soon forgotten, their often unretrievable words lost in the past. Now thanks to big advances in digital technology such precious voices live on online and in numerous digitised archives around the globe, helping to inspire as well as inform us. The BBC’s veteran International Correspondent, Mike Thomson trawls through his own expansive news archives, to reveal some extraordinary voices from distant and often troubled places.

21 September 2022 | 3:30-5:00 pm CT (Check for local time here: of Information Sciences building, Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign AND online at (Refreshments to follow: 5:00-5:45 pm)

Also join for the BROWN BAG SESSION, 12:15-1:15 pm, 106 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana. See details below.

BROWN BAG CONVERSATION ON “News, Stories and Information in the Peacebuilding Process”

21 September 2022 | 12:15-1:15 pm CT

106 Main Library, 1408 W. Gregory Dr., Urbana

Join us for a Brown Bag conversation with Mike Thomson (Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer, BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Presenter and Author) and other guests on News, Stories, and Information in the Peacebuilding Process.

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