Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Stories from the Frontlines

Featuring Pulitzer Grantee Jason Motlagh

In person at Science Hall 140, or online
April 9, 2024 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

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Join us for a conversation with Pulitzer Grantee Jason Motlagh, an award winning journalist, photographer, and filmmaker whose work illuminates the complexities of conflict, culture, and human rights across the globe. Jason will focus on conflict and human rights abuses related to his recent reporting in HaitiMyanmar, and the war in Afghanistan.

As a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and former Time magazine’s correspondent in Afghanistan, Jason’s commitment to uncovering the nuances of global conflicts has taken him to over 60 countries. His compelling narratives and visuals for National Geographic, The Washington Post, and The Economist, among others, highlight the human stories behind the headlines. Founder of Blackbeard Films, Jason’s documentaries, including the SXSW-premiered “Riders on the Storm,” bring under-reported stories to the forefront.

This is a hybrid event. Join in person at Science Hall 140 on the UW-Madison campus, or join online via zoom (provided via eventbrite closer to the event date).

Jason Motlagh is a journalist, photographer and filmmaker drawn to challenging, under-reported stories on the margins. A contributing editor at Rolling Stone, he was formerly Time magazine’s correspondent in Afghanistan, where he filed enterprise stories and video dispatches from around the country. He has traveled to more than 60 countries and covered conflicts in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for National GeographicOutsideVirginia Quarterly ReviewThe Washington PostThe Guardian and The Economist. As founder of Blackbeard Films, he produces, directs and hosts news documentaries for Al Jazeera English, National Geographic, Vice on Showtime and others. Motlagh’s feature documentary about the war in Afghanistan, Riders on the Storm, premiered in 2023 at SXSW festival. His recognitions include a National Magazine Award, Overseas Press Club Award, George Polk Award, Sydney Schanberg Prize, Kurt Schork Award for international reporting, and an Emmy. He lives in Baja, Mexico, with his wife and two sons.