Mr. Stress. Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. January , 2011

Mr. Stress. Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica. January , 2011

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A couple of Sewanee students, Lillie Belle Viebranz and Chalker Kansteiner, have organized a series of discussions and events about human trafficking. A matter of global concern, and the result of myriad factors, I really appreciate that they are choosing to focus on how trafficking manifests in our midst.

On Monday, April 22nd at 4PM, in the Mary Sue Cushman Room, a discussion,
‘Sewanee Stoplight: A Discussion of Human Trafficking and Its Effects In Tennessee’,
will be led by
Karen Karpinski – Community Educator and Trainer, End Slavery Tennessee;
Jerry Redman – Co-Executive Director, Second Life of Chattanooga and
Margie Quin – Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
A survivor of sex-trafficking in Tennessee will tell her own story via video.

Intended to supplement the discussion, there wil be a display of photographs by Sewanee alumna Amy Johnson, who is currently working on a photo-documentary project about sex trafficking in Tennessee,  and Lillie Belle Viebranz. I will also be showing some of the above set – I have for some time been making photographs about violence and the objectification of our bodies: just two of many interrelated factors that condition this baser aspect of society.

Please join the discussion – it is free and open to all. Following the panel there will be a reception in the Living Room of the Women’s Center, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN.