On Sunday, December 10, photojournalist Alison Wright delivered an autobiographical lecture featuring highlights from her career documenting the human condition all over the world. Wright's presentation took place in the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater and was the last event in 2017 of the new regular series of creative showcases on campus.
Wright began her professional career in Nepal and seeks to chronicle the traditions of changing cultures and the "diversity of the human tapestry." She has since photographed people in many countries, including Japan, Haiti, Viet Nam, India, many countries in Africa, and Mississippi in the United States.
After suffering a devastating injury in a bus crash in small village in Laos, Wright was near death before being rescued by a British journalist who happened to be passing by and was able to get her the professional medical attention she needed. The care she received in Laos from local villagers, and the kindness of the man who drove her to safety, made her realize how connected we are and caused to rededicate herself to telling the human story from a global perspective.
Wright has photographed the Dalai Lama many times over the years. He once shared a thought with her that she shared.
"Having good intentions in your heart is the most important thing."
And that is a very fitting message for students as the calendar year and the semester come to a close.