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Suarez will be moderating the panel discussion of BIDDER 70.
Ray Suarez – author and host of National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation and now Senior Correspondent of the PBS television program, the PBS NewsHour, is well-known for his expertise and insights on quintessentially American issues, including politics, demographics, race, and religion - including his most recent book, “The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.” An observer of the changing nature of society, Ray has been covering the global health beat for more than 30 years and has traveled the world observing and reporting on society and the health of our world.
Grabowska will be discussing THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.
Environmental filmmaker John Grabowska has produced films from the subarctic to the subtropics. His films have won awards at festivals around the world and have been nationally broadcast as primetime specials on PBS. He has been a guest lecturer at the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution and many universities, and has led environmental media workshops in Argentina and Panama.
Juanita Cabrera Lopez
Lopez will be discussing HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH.
Juanita Cabrera Lopez is Maya Mam from the Western highlands of Guatemala. The Mam Nation is one of the largest indigenous nations in Guatemala and their territory is comprised by the departments of Quetzaltenango, Huehuetenango, Retalhuleu, San Marcos, and Chiapas, Mexico. Since the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996, Guatemala has facilitated a process for mineral exploration and exploitation. Per official statistics by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, they have granted a total of 117 exploration licenses and 8 exploitation licenses since 1997. Indigenous peoples have not been consulted in these development initiatives and their rights to lands, territories and natural resources have not been respected. Juanita works with her community and traditional authorities in defense of their lands, territories, and goods of their earth by helping to bring international attention to the struggles of her people.
Abell will be discussing An Evening with Sam Abell.
Sam Abell learned photography from his father at their home in Sylvania, Ohio, where he was born on February 19th, 1945. He graduated in 1969 from the University of Kentucky in Lexington with a B.A.
Abell has worked with the National Geographic Society since 1970 and has photographed more than 20 articles on various cultural and wilderness subjects. He has also lectured on photography and exhibited his images to audiences throughout the world.
In 1990, Eastman Kodak published a retrospective monograph of his photographs titled Stay This Moment: The Photographs of Sam Abell. A companion exhibit of his work was shown at New York City's International Center of Photography in November of that year.
Abell's book credits include Contemplative Gardens, The Inward Garden: Creating a Place of Beauty and Meaning, Australia: Journey Through a Timeless Land, and Seeing Gardens. In 1998 he collaborated with author Stephen Ambrose on Lewis & Clark: Voyage of Discovery and again in 2002 on The Mississippi: River of History.
That same year, he worked with author Leah Bendavid-Val to produce a retrospective of his life and work titled Sam Abell: The Photographic Life. Two additional book projects, Four Stories and The Life of a Photographer, are scheduled for publication in October 2007 and October 2008, respectively.
Sam Abell lives in Albemarle County, Virginia, with his wife Denise.
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