News & Events, Spring 2017

Wednesday 05/31/2017

Tom Stoddart. Lesbos, Greece (2015). A father celebrates his family's safe passage to Lesbos after a stormy crossing over the Aegean Sea from Turkey. © Tom Stoddart.

Chair David Levi Strauss at Fotofest in Houston

Join David Levi Strauss in Houston this weekend for a symposium organized in response to FotoFest's exhibition of The Annenberg Space for Photography's REFUGEE, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition Homelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh.

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2pm
Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

The afternoon symposium features two panel discussions. The first looks at how refugees are portrayed in the media and the various ways images can be used—from sparking policy change to fueling fear. The second discussion focuses on national and local policies concerning refugees today and in the near future.


David Levi Strauss - Scholar, Writer, Critic (New York)

Patricia Lanza - Photographer; Director of Talent and Content, Annenberg Space for Photography; Co-curator of the REFUGEE exhibition (Los Angeles)

Dr. Rima Abunasser - Scholar, Middle East, Women and Gender Studies, Texas Christian University (Dallas)

Hon. Annise Parker - Former Mayor of the City of Houston

Daniel Stoecker - CEO, Alliance for Multicultural Community Services; President, United Nations Association-Houston

Mustafa Faiz - Former refugee and local business owner (Houston)

Issa Touma - Artist and Film Maker (Syria)

For full festival details, visit the Fotofest's website.