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A round-up of reporting from our grantees, upcoming events, and news from the Pulitzer Center

Highlights From Beyond Religion

This past weekend, the Pulitzer Center hosted “Beyond Religion,” a conference focusing on the role of religion in journalism. Conversations touched on a broad range of issues, such as the intersection of religion and gender, peacebuilding, the environment, fundamentalism, and civil society. "What is needed is empathy,” said Pulitzer Center grantee Erik Vance in a discussion with On Being’s Krista Tippett. “Having empathy for where somebody is coming from or why they are having that experience, and that that experience is totally valid.”

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The Texas Tribune
Investigating Civil Assett Forfeiture in Texas

In the latest installment of our ongoing “Taken” collaboration examining civil asset forfeiture across the United States, grantee Jolie McCullough investigates policing for profit in four Texas counties in a data-driven report for The Texas Tribune. McCullough found that in a stunning 40 percent of civil asset forfeiture cases, no one who had property taken by police was ever found guilty of a crime connected to the seizure.

 

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The Atlantic
She's Not a Boy

Even in the LGBTQ community, the experiences of intersex people—people born with sex characteristics that don’t conform to binary definitions of female or male—are barely understood. She’s Not a Boy, a new short documentary for The Atlantic by Pulitzer Center student fellows Yuhong Pang and Robert Tokanel from Columbia University Journalism School, introduces viewers to Tatenda, an intersex woman who immigrated to the United States from Zimbabwe. “Many intersex people aren’t living publicly … Tatenda is a rare and brave example of a person who is willing,” Tokanel says.

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EVENTS

Lunch & Learn with the Pulitzer Center & HHMI's Dept. of Science Education
June 13, 2019
Houston, Texas
Reporting Land Rights
August 6 - 9, 2019
New Delhi Delhi
India

 

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