HOFSTRA CULTURAL CENTER
THE LAWRENCE HERBERT SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION
Shoot 4 Change New York Conference
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center
Hofstra University, Hempstead,
New York, USA
A celebration of the establishment of the Shoot 4 Change (S4C) New York chapter of the international humanitarian reportage collective, this conference brings together photographers, storytellers, and visionaries committed to raising public awareness and social engagement through the visual media. Sessions examine photojournalism past and present, and how modern "docujournalists" are using social media to reach audiences in innovative ways that transcend the barriers presented by established media. The conference also addresses a major theme of Shoot 4 Change NY storytelling – the refugee and immigrant crises, both domestic and international. Related sessions include how one international NGO has used 360º immersive video to help Italian school children become "connected" to the realities of the refugee crisis, and another that brings Holocaust survivors face to face with modern-day immigrants to find commonalities of experience that transcend the time between them. Join Antonio Amendola, founder of Shoot 4 Change, and fellow S4C members as we commemorate the resilient spirit of photographers determined to make a difference in the world, one click at a time.
|8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.||Registration
Lobby, Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus
|9-9:15 a.m.||Student Center Theater (SCT), Mack Student Center, North Campus|
|Welcome:||Randy Hillebrand, conference director
Antonio Amendola, founder, Shoot 4 Change
and S4C Hofstra students
|9:30-10:45 a.m.||Plaza Room East, Mack Student Center, North Campus|
|Session 1:||Photojournalism, Past to Present
Explore the traditional world of photojournalism with award-winning veteran photographers tracing the evolution of the industry and how new media has forever altered the landscape. Gain insight as to what young photographers are facing in this evolving field.
Produced by Sara Whitman, Hofstra University Class of 2018
|Moderator:||James Estrin, New York Times photojournalist|
|Speakers:||Greg Marinovich, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and educator
Donald Winslow, former editor, National Press Photographers Association (via Skype)
Bénédicte Desrus, French-born, Mexico City-based documentary photographer represented by Sipa Press USA
|11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.||Plaza Room Middle, Mack Student Center, North Campus|
|Session 2:||Io Non Discrimino (I Do Not Discriminate)
Members of Shoot 4 Change Rome and the Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo (VIS) NGO share the innovative approach they utilized (using 360° immersive video, augmented reality, animated cartoons, online content, etc.) to create an educational kit that helps Italian secondary school children become “connected” to the realities of the refugee crisis. The kit and its multimedia present issues through reflection of deconstructed stereotypes and prejudices and through the stories of migrant people: their starting conditions, the journey, the violence, the dangers, their motivations, and their hopes.
Produced by Randy Hillebrand and Andrea Ranalli
|Moderator/speaker:||Andrea Ranalli, project manager and board member, Shoot 4 Change|
|Speakers:||Dario Fatello, photographer and 360º (VR) video maker, Shoot 4 Change Rome
Luca Cristaldi, head of Italian programs, VIS
Claudia Lombardi, digital and new media manager, VIS
Interpreter: Francesco Luisi, Hofstra journalism major
|Lunch (on your own)|
|1-2 p.m.||Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center, North Campus|
|Keynote Address:||"Creating Social Change: Passion, Activism, and Action"
by Melissa Mark-Viverito
|Introduction:||Jeff Morosoff, Associate Professor, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Hofstra University|
|2:15-3:45 p.m.||Student Center Theater|
|Session 3:||Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses
Since its dedication in 1886, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized freedom and the founding ideals of the United States. Modern-day immigrants face a much different set of challenges than those who arrived at the turn of the century, let alone those who first sought refuge in the “new world.” Experts share their firsthand experiences and examine commonalities among them.
Produced by Randy Hillebrand and Ashley Iadanza, Hofstra University Class of 2017
|Moderator:||Milagros Cruz, community relations manager, International Rescue Committee, NY|
|Speakers:||Ravi Ragbir, immigrant and founder, New Sanctuary Coalition
Ahed Festuk, Syrian refugee
Aura Hernandez, undocumented Guatemalan shielded immigrant (via Skype)
Funding provided in part by the Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center and Hofstra University’s Department of Religion (Dr. John Teehan, chair), and the Jewish Studies program.
Support provided by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the International Rescue Committee, and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees.
|4-5:30 p.m.||Room 143, Mack Student Center, North Campus|
|Session 4:||"Docu-Humanitarianism," Present to Future
Over the years, photojournalism evolved as technology shifted to digital, and new online distribution options emerged. This panel examines how photographers bridge the gap between the old-school desire to document humanitarian issues with the modern realities of building audience and "getting views" on popular social media platforms as well as mainstream media outlets.
Produced by Sarah Schwartz, Hofstra University Class of 2018
|Moderator:||Antonio Amendola, founder, Shoot 4 Change|
|Speakers:||Bénédicte Desrus, French-born, Mexico City-based documentary photographer represented by Sipa Press USA
Max Pelagatti, Japanese-born, Italy-based photographer, teacher, and member of Shoot 4 Change
|5:35- 6 p.m.||Room 145, Mack Student Center, North Campus|
|Closing Remarks:||Randy Hillebrand, conference director
Antonio Amendola, founder, Shoot 4 Change
For more information, contact Randy Hillebrand, conference director, at Randal.K.Hillebrand[at]hofstra.edu or the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.
Funding for the S4C conference has been provided by the Hofstra Cultural Center; Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Joseph G. Astman Endowed Fund in the Hofstra Cultural Center; Department of Radio, Television, Film; Department Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations; Women’s Studies program; Department of Romance Languages and Literatures; Dorothy and Elmer Kirsch Endowment Fund for the Hofstra Cultural Center; Hofstra University’s Department of Religion and the Jewish Studies program; and Maurice A. Dean School of Law Student Bar Association.