Distinguished Lecture

32nd Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture

“Immortalizing the Voiceless,” by Mike Thomson, BBC World Affairs Correspondent, Presenter and Author

21 September 2022 | 3:30-5:00 pm CT (Check for local time here: https://www.worldtimebuddy.com/)
School of Information Sciences building, Room 126, 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign AND online at go.illinois.edu/distinguishedlecture
(Refreshments to follow: 5:00-5:45 pm)

Moderated by Melita Garza, Associate Professor and Tom and June Netzel Sleeman Scholar in Business Journalism

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

These events celebrate Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day, in observation of International Day of Peace with the world community. The theme for the International Day of Peace in 2022 is “End racism. Build peace.” Join the UN to #FightRacism.

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CO-SPONSORED BY: Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education’s Title VI NRC Program | Department of Journalism | European Union Center | Mortenson Center for International Library Programs | School of Information Sciences | University of Illinois Library Urbana-Champaign

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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.

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
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Join us for a Brown Bag panel on “News, Stories, and Information in the Peacebuilding Process” moderated by

  • Steve Witt, Director, Center for Global Studies and Head of the International and Area Studies Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in conversation with
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About Syria's Secret Library by Mike Thomson

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Past Lectures

Arcs of the Rainbow:
The Heritage of Knowledge and Contemporary Life

Edwin Thumboo
October 29, 1998