Inspiration in the Face of Adversity: Humanitarians and Artists

Sonali Deraniyagala, economist; author of Wave
Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University; co-founder, Partners in Health; Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art
Ryūji Miyamoto, photographer
Performers from Boston Lyric Opera

Inspired by the current exhibition “In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3-11,” join us for an afternoon to discuss how humankind responds in remarkable ways in the face of adversity.

Author and economist Sonali Deraniyagala recounts her survival and recovery following the 2004 Indonesian earthquake and tsunami. Humanitarian Paul Farmer shares insights from on-the-ground operations across the world.

In the second half of the program, hear the artistic response to recovery with presentations from artist Ryūji Miyamoto of Japan and Russell Lord of New Orleans. Artists from Boston Lyric Opera end the afternoon with a musical meditation on human recovery.

Prior to attending this program, view three new video works inspired by the triple disaster of 3-11 by Japanese artist Ryūji Miyamoto in Riley Seminar Room at 10:30am. Entry is free with an event ticket. 

If you cannot attend the viewing of the video works prior the lecture, please attend a showing of one of the video works by Ryūji Miyamoto following the program in Riley Seminar Room, starting at 4:05pm. Entry is free with an event ticket. 

Sponsored by Estrellita Karsh.

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Above: Lieko Shiga, Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore) 46, 2011, from the series Rasen kaigan (Spiral Shore), 2011.