Symposium with Ed Kashi & Julie Winokur

Oct. 14, 2014

Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way (corner of Withrow Circle and College Street) | Wilmington, OH 45177

Ed Kashi
Julie Winokur


Time takes its toll. Highly acclaimed  photojournalists Judi Parks and Ed Kashi focus on this truism in Life as We Age: Two Social Perspectives. The exhibition grabs attention because of its textural artistry: the starkness of slack skin exposed to stage lights or the filtered illumination cast by the waning sun over a taut figure in bed.  Life as We Age also compels because its subject — aging — does now, or will soon, affect us all. From Ms. Parks’ perspective, aging can be an engaging encounter with the independently thriving in the rural heartland. From Mr. Kashi’s perspective, it can be the lost look of a non-native speaker in an urban U.S. healthcare facility. Ms. Parks draws from her Home Sweet Home: Caring for America’s Elderly, a long-term documentary book project that progressed despite continuous cross-country treks — from California to Ohio and Kentucky and then back again — in order to shoulder the primary care-taking of both her parents through their illnesses and deaths. The extra time and travel involved in this personal journey helped inform and provide dimension to Ms. Parks’ photographs. Mr. Kashi pulls from his experience with Aging in America: The Years Ahead, a book that evolved from an award-winning story for The New York Times Magazine. Together in Life as We Age, Mr. Kashi and Ms. Parks combine their separate vantage points for an unblinking examination of aging in society.


10 am: Denied: The Health Care Crisis in America

Ed Kashi

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 am–11:30 am

Denied: The Health Care Crisis in America with Photojournalist Ed Kashi

Drawing on his work for the documentary film of the same title, photojournalist Ed Kashi will explore the reality behind America's dysfunctional health care system and what it means when access to care is denied. Using his camera as a tool for social change, Mr. Kashi is dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times.

1 pm: Aging in America: The Years Ahead film showing, followed by Q&A session

Julie Winokur

11:45 am – 12:45 pm Round Table Discussions

A series of roundtable discussions moderated by community members from a variety of different organizations will allow time and space for small informal discussions of a variety of health care-related issues.

1 pm– 2:30 pm: Aging in America: The Years Ahead film showing, followed by Q&A session with Julie Winokur

This film is a journey across the topography of aging in search of what it means to have a “good old age.” The film is the result of seven years of fieldwork by Julie Winokur, a writer and documentary film producer whose work uses the power of visual media as catalyst to positive social change.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm.: “The Rightful Amounts of Health Care in America: Will Health Reform Help?” with Dr. Mark Pauly

As the Bendheim Professor of Health Care Management at Wharton, Dr. Pauly recognizes that most agree that there is a right to health care, and he works to help pinpoint the key facts surrounding this issue and how it aligns with our individual perspectives and values.

7:30 pm – 9 pm: “Is Health Care a Human Right?” Panel Discussion

Health care has become an often polarizing and partisan issue in which many facts and important points have not been heard above the din of politics. The panel discussion will feature persons knowledgeable on the topic and representing several viewpoints.

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