Immersion: Reporting From Within Vulnerable Communities

Date & Time Feb 23 2023 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location Robertson Hall
Arthur Lewis
Kathryn Edin
Andrea Elliott
Rena Lederman
Nadja Drost
Tera Hunter
Joe Stephens
Audience Open to the Public

Immersing yourself in the lives of others for weeks or years can yield insight into the plight of marginalized groups—refugees, needy children, communities of the street. It also presents ethical quandaries for journalists, sociologists, and anthropologists alike. Hear leaders in their respective fields discuss how they cope with the challenges, and the secrets they have uncovered in the process.

The Humanities Council’s Program in Journalism invites you to join us for this interdisciplinary conversation, co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology.

The panelists:

Kathryn Edin, William Church Osborn Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and director of the Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing

Andrea Elliott, visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism; staff writer for The New York Times and author of “Invisible Child”

Rena Lederman, Professor of Anthropology; scholar of ethics and the politics of “method” in human sciences

Nadja Drost, visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism; documentary filmmaker and frequent contributor to PBS NewsHour

Discussion moderated by Tera Hunter, Edwards Professor of American History, Professor of History and African American Studies, and acting chair of the Humanities Council. Opening remarks delivered by Joe Stephens, Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence and director of the Program in Journalism.

Open to the public. Reception to follow.

Please email Margo Bresnen, Journalism Program Manager, at with any questions or difficulties.