Thursday, October 20, 2011

IIJ and The Pulitzer Center bring Antigone Barton to OU

By: Morgan Sigrist
IIJ Ambassador

The Institute for International Journalism in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting proudly present an international health correspondent, Ms. Antigone Barton, to the Ohio University community. Barton has spent the last seven years working extensively on the AIDS epidemic both abroad and in South Florida.

Barton will lecturing in several classes in the Scripps College of Communication, including Professor Bob Stewart’s J101 freshman class and Dr. Yusuf Kalyango’s J352 broadcast reporting class. She also will hold meetings with students who will travel with Dr. Kalyango to Zambia to talk about her experiences in Africa, the Caribbean and the US.

On Tuesday Oct, 25, 2011, Barton will give a public lecture in Scripps Hall's Anderson Auditorium, room 111 from 5 to 6 p.m. The public lecture is titled Global Health Communication and Ethics: US and Abroad.

Antigone Barton began her work on the AIDS epidemic within her own community, which led her to investigate how other countries were handling the rapidly spreading disease. “While writing a story about health challenges at a prison in the Dominican Republic, I met a physician who suggested I look at how the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief was working there. That led to my reporting on AIDS in the Caribbean.”

Barton's work with the Pulitzer Center has allowed Barton to travel to various countries to study their health systems in response to the AIDS epidemic. The Pulitzer Center has made it financially possible for Barton to travel abroad to do this important work. “I don’t know if there are many organizations like the Pulitzer Center, which has expanded possibilities for coverage of international issues in a broad array of innovative ways – through funding, partnerships, multimedia platforms, and educational programs.”

Throughout her visit at OU, Antigone Barton will speak to Students for Global Media and Diversity (SGMD) and with the IIJ's study abroad group that will travel to Zambia during the winter break. She plans to teach students the importance of international affairs, and the importance of studying abroad. She provide tips to study abroad students as they prepare for their trip to Africa.

To find out more about Antigone’s work in Zambia checkout

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