Ruxandra Guidi, 2018 Susan E. Tifft Fellow in Documentary and Journalism by Bear Guerra

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In a public event at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies (Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm), 2018 Susan Tifft Fellow Ruxandra Guidi will present an overview of her work, and explore the question: From subject to audience, how do we as storytellers move beyond a singular voice? "Whether we find narratives at home or abroad, our audience is often an afterthought in the creative process, and frequently, it is homogeneous: white, college-educated, and often, online," Guidi says. After more than a decade working as a public radio journalist focused on Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico border, she is slowing down her approach in search of a deeper human connection, more opportunities for collaboration, and more inclusive methods of sharing her work. From her series focused on an indigenous community in Panama to a year-long exploration of the lives of older adults in Los Angeles, Guidi will offer some insights on what it takes to tell nuanced community-driven stories, and how the storytellers of today have a responsibility to challenge prevailing narratives. If you're in the Durham, NC area, please come! Details here.

Exile in White: A #VQRTrueStory Essay by Bear Guerra

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"It’s Friday morning. As has been his custom for almost three decades, Miguel Natividad Borrayo is dressed in white, from his T-shirt to his shoes, to honor those imprisoned for challenging the Castro regime—men like him, who spent seventeen years doing hard labor.

“White symbolizes peace,” says Miguel. “It’s how I protest.” But there was nothing peaceful about what got him in trouble to begin with. Back in 1961, he was a thirty-two-year-old career officer in the Cuban Navy. He’d been a staunch supporter of US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista until Fidel Castro’s successful guerrilla uprising in 1959."

Read and view the photos of our essay for Virginia Quarterly Review here.

Bear gets a shout-out from American Photography by Ruxandra Guidi

Bear's Ecuador images (from the "other" Barcelona soccer team to the Cofán in the Amazon basin) get a shout-out from American Photography: “New York Times editor Jeffrey Furticella asked me to shoot this like I would the types of social reportage I more typically work on — to let the actual soccer playing be secondary to looking for the moments that tell us something more about the players, about the team culture, about the fans,” says Guerra.

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New Opinion Piece: How Trump’s Tax Bill Pits the Rich Against the Poor by Ruxandra Guidi

"The final version of the Republican tax bill will not only cut taxes for large corporations and America’s wealthiest, but do so primarily by slashing trillions of dollars over the next decade from programs that serve low-income and middle-class families... If Occupy Wall Street was considered anti-capitalist, then the new tax law is a love song to social Darwinism in its purest form, shamelessly pitting the 1 percent against the 99 percent."

Read the rest of the column for High Country News here.

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