Daniella Zalcman sees the importance of empathy every day in her job as a journalist.
Whether she is covering the LGBT community in Uganda or taking portraits of residential school survivors in Canada, Zalcman knows that her job is to make sure her stories represent as many opinions, ideas, and viewpoints as possible – whether she personally agrees with them or not. So she founded The Empathy Gap Project, "a collaboration that cultivates shared experiences through photography," according to the project's Instagram page, @theempathygap.
Students from the Inspired Teaching Public Charter School, one of our D.C. education partners, have been working on an Empathy Gap project of their own inspired by Zalcman, conducting thoughtful interviews of their peers and taking portraits of each other in an effort to better get to know what middle school principal Latisha Coleman calls "the strangers beside me." Zalcman participated in a three-day artist's residency at the Inspired Teaching School in October 2015 to kick off the project.
We'll exhibit the students' photography here at the Pulitzer Center on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at 6:00 pm. Several students will also speak about their work. We invite you to join us to witness the amazing art and journalism that Zalcman's work has inspired.
Event is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you here!
Please reserve your seat today: firstname.lastname@example.org—specify in subject line: "January 28 Empathy Gap"
The Inspired Teaching School's fifth, sixth and seventh-grade classes present
their contributions to The Empathy Gap Project
Thursday, January 28, 2016
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 615
Washington, D.C. 20036
Closest metro: Dupont Circle