CALS Speaker Series: Sebastián Hidalgo and Josué Rivas, photojournalists (J.N. Heiskell program)
This exploration of photojournalism spotlights two talented photographers who will speak about their art and approach.
Sebastián Hidalgo is a civic-oriented visual and investigative journalist born and based in Chicago, IL. He covers issues related to the current state of belonging––immigration policy, low-wage labor, and environmental justice. His work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, The National Museum of Mexican Fine Art, and more. Hidalgo believes in the power of “we” and Intention. And not just as a journalist. He understands that change cannot happen without a village and how we must strive to be a part of a wider conversation. These principles, along with the experience growing up in (and later displaced from) Pilsen, a Mexican barrio known for its labor movements and art, are what guide his work today. As a National Geographic Explorer, Hidalgo’s latest work documents the complex relationship between the day-to-day impacts of air pollution, outdated industrial zoning policies, and the need for jobs in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.
Josué Rivas (Mexica and Otomi) is an Indigenous Futurist, creative director, visual storyteller and educator working at the intersection of art, technology, journalism, and decolonization. His work aims to challenge the mainstream narrative about Indigenous peoples, co-create with the community, and serve as a vehicle for collective healing. He is a 2020 Catchlight Leadership Fellow, Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice Fellow, founder of the INDÍGENA, co-founder of Indigenous Photograph and Curator at Indigenous TikTok. His work has appeared in National Geographic, The Guardian, the New York Times, and for Apple, Nike and Converse, amongst others. Rivas is a guest in the traditional village sites of the Multnomah, Wasco, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Bands of Chinook, Tualatin, Kalapuya, Molalla (Portland, OR.)
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This programs honors J. N. Heiskell.
The Central Arkansas Library System has established the J.N. Heiskell program in memory of the Arkansas Gazette’s esteemed editor, who published the newspaper for 70 years. Mr. Heiskell was the longest-serving member of the library’s Board of Trustees, serving from 1910-1972, and served as President from 1950 until his death in 1972. Donations to the J.N. Heiskell program go to a permanent endowment to support speakers and programs honoring Mr. Heiskell’s commitment to excellence in journalism.
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