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In this class, prisoners and Georgetown students grapple with difficult lessons

Posted on September 9, 2016

Luckily, most of us have never experienced the U.S. prison system, where conditions and opportunities for reform are bleak. We are a “first” world nation with 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s prisoners.

Georgetown Professor Marc Howard voluntarily teaches inmates at Jessup maximum-security prison in Maryland. When I first met him, he told me that his incarcerated students, who were taking the same class as his Georgetown students, were every bit as dedicated, thoughtful, and excited to learn.

Like many people trying to reform the system, Professor Howard has had his own experience with the prison system. While he was in high school one of his classmates was wrongly convicted of killing his parents after police extracted a false confession from the 17-year-old by telling him that his father woke up from a comma (he was actually already brain dead) and told them that his son had committed the crime. The despondent boy, who trusted and loved his father, started to wonder if he might have somehow unknowingly done it. This particular police department, which had a 94% confession rate, put the boy away for 50 years. Fourteen years later Howard and others were able to exonerate him after the real killer was found.

Last semester Professor Howard decided to bring his Georgetown class to Jessup prison and have them both work together on a project on prison reform. Here is their story

The Thin Blue Ribbon

Posted on September 9, 2016

Goddard Space Center-May 13: Portrait of NASA Astronaut Piers Sellers, who has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, plans to continue his work researching the effects and causes of climate change. Here he stands in front of a globe that show the increase in temperatures on earth in 2015.

Recently, I had the privilege to photograph Astronaut Piers Sellars, who now has stage four cancer. “I have very few days left in the world – and I know how I want to use them.” He said.
“From this God’s-eye-view, I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the Earth is.”

He’s decided to spend his final days continuing his work on the issue of Climate Change which he believes that the science proving it and dangers it presents to mankind has been blurred by politics.

When I photographed him, he made it clear, he didn’t want me to make any sad photographs about him dying. He wanted to focus on the last big task ahead of him:

How Climate Change is already altering our lives

Posted on September 9, 2016
Nahant-May 13:  A seawall of rocks protects the golf course and Country Club on Nahant Island.

Part of a project on global warming by WBEZ Chicago

A global exploration of violence between partners

Posted on May 7, 2015
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My Talk at Chicago Ideas Week on Yemen

Posted on October 11, 2014

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Join us at Duke Center for Documentary Studies

Posted on September 15, 2014

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Exhibition Dates: Monday, June 2–Saturday, October 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 6–9 p.m. 
Reception and artists’ talk (7 p.m.) with Lucian Perkins and Alec MacKaye
Thursday, September 18, 6–9 p.m. 
Reception and curator’s conversation (7 p.m.) with Jayme McLellan and Lely Constantinople
Center for Documentary Studies, Juanita Kreps Gallery
1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham, North Carolina

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BBC Interviews Lucian Perkins on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Posted on April 9, 2014


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Lincoln Schatz Interviews Lucian Perkins at The Arts Club Chicago

Posted on April 9, 2014

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Video of Presentation

Posted on April 9, 2014
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