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Friday, April 5 at 8:45am to 9:30pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), EMU Ballroom
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403



This is a 4-day symposium! Please register for each section you'd like to attend.




The UO community is invited to this enlightening 4-day symposium to listen to and converse with international journalists, writers in exile, and scholars of journalism starting April 4 to 7 in the EMU Ballroom. Dozens of global experts and partners will be on our campus to tell their stories of successful reporting despite extreme dangers and threat to their voice and journalistic integrity. Threatened journalists speak and inspire our students, faculty, and staff.


During this event, you’ll experience, witness, and engage in:


Graphic documentation of attacks on journalists is displayed.

Interludes of music and poetry stimulate contemplation, reflection, and discussion.

Conversation and connection with speakers and experts during coffee breaks and receptions.

Off-campus students reporting on how the journalism crisis in Mexico impacts migrant communities in Oregon.




8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcoming remarks and poem with Peter Laufer and Kim Stafford 


9:00-10:00 a.m. Keeping the Lights On - Highlights from the Latest Research on Media in Exile and What they Need to Keep Reporting a talk with Alex Cole 


10:15-11:15 a.m. Sounds of Exile music and conversation with Won Kim (and Tim DuRoche) 


11:15-2:00 p.m. City Club of Eugene Event with Farai Gonzo, Charlie Dietz, and Kimberley Mangnun as speakers 


3:00-4:00 p.m. Taking Root in Foreign Soil a talk with Astrid Vehstedt 


4:00-5:00 p.m. Exiled from Kabul a talk with Baktash Siawash


5:00-5:30 p.m. Appetizers


5:30-6:30 p.m. My Tour of Duty as Journalist in Zimbabwe: The Intersectionality of the Social Institutions that Affect a Zimbabwean a talk with Farai Gonzo 


7:00-8:30 p.m. Screening of the documentary about Chipas journalists Juan de Dios García Davish and Maria de Jesús Peters