Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 5:30pm

HW Go! Guatemala: A Digital Storytelling Adventure (August 1-19, 2016)
Trip Info Session
Ahmanson Lecture Hall, Upper School

On May 18, 5:30 pm, HW Go! Guatemala will host an information session for parents and students about their summer trip.

Since 2013, HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures has been taking students to countries recovering from conflict, resulting in award-winning films and photographs. Join us this summer on a meaningful discovery of Guatemala – a hidden gem of the Americas. Our project-based inquiry of the Maya culture and social entrepreneurship lens focuses on three dynamic NGOs. We will explore the education of young Guatemalan women, a coffee farmers’ co-op, and non-traditional architecture made from trash. This one-of-a-kind experience combines cultural awareness, adventure travel, insiders’ access to social enterprise, natural landscapes and analytical reflection. Pre- and post-trip instruction empowers students with the skills necessary to create their own digital story. The teaching team includes HW Visual Arts Dept. Head Cheri Gaulke, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre, HW photography teacher Joe Medina, and history teacher and founder of Peace Works Travel Alethea Paradis. Full program dates are Aug. 1-19 and include pre- and post-trip work sessions. Completed projects will be showcased to the public on Aug. 19. To participate, request an application from Cheri Gaulke at cgaulke@hw.com or visit hw.com/summerprograms/film. Meet the trip leaders at a parent and student info session, Wed., May 18, 5:30 pm, Ahmanson Lecture (Munger 100), Upper School campus.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00pm

HW Go! Vietnam: A Digital Storytelling Adventure
Student Film and Photography Showcase

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00pm (6:30pm reception)
Ahmanson Lecture Hall, Upper School campus
Open to the public

This past January, 16 Harvard-Westlake students traveled to Vietnam on a Digital Storytelling Adventure.Students selected topics about which to create digital stories in film and photography. While on the trip students bear witness to history, interview living historians, focus their lens on strikingly visual settings, and then transform their experience into digital stories that are heartfelt, powerful messages to the world.

On May 18th, they will showcase their work for the HW community and public. Short documentaries will be screened on a variety of subjects including the lasting impact of the Vietnam War, censorship in Vietnam today, race and skin color, food and religion, and a very personal daughter’s journey to her mother’s homeland. Extraordinary photography will also be on display.

Since 2013, HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures has been taking students to countries recovering from conflict, resulting in award-winning films and photographs. The teaching team includes HW Visual Arts Dept. Head Cheri Gaulke, Emmy Award-winning journalist Jeff MacIntyre, HW photography teacher Joe Medina, and history teacher and founder of Peace Works Travel Alethea Paradis.

To learn more about HW Go! Digital Storytelling Adventures and their summer trip to Guatemala, contact Cheri Gaulke at cgaulke@hw.com or visit hw.com/summerprograms/film. There will be a parent-student info session at 5:30 preceding the Vietnam Showcase. All are welcome to the Showcase reception at 6:30 followed by the screening at 7 pm in Ahmanson Lecture Hall (Munger 100), Harvard Westlake Upper School campus.

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October 21 - 24, 2014

Kim Phuc Speaks to California Students

Kim Phuc, the Vietnam War’s most famous child victim, shares her story to students and teachers throughout our network of affiliate schools.  Captured in Nick Ut’s 1972 Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph, Kim’s terrible napalm strike forever defined public sentiment of the Vietnam War.  Though President Nixon believed it to be a fake, the image became credited with helping to end the War. After repeated surgeries and a long road of healing, Kim now speaks of forgiveness, how letting go of hatred and anger has allowed her to be a voice of peace, rather than merely a symbol of war. She is a UNESCO goodwill ambassador who raises awareness about the plight of children caught in the indiscriminate cruelty of war today. All proceeds from her talks go to support the Kim Foundation International, a non-profit organization which funds projects for children healing from the trauma of war, worldwide.

Grace incarnate” “Moving” and “Inspirational” are among the reviews she generates from her talks.

If you’re interested in hosting Kim Phuc at your school, please contact us at info@peaceworkstravel.com or call 805-685-8687

Kim’s schedule in California, October 21 – 24, 2014

Brentwood School, Tuesday October 21

The Archer School for Girls Tuesday October 21

Westridge School, Wednesday October 22

Polytechnic School, Thursday October 23

Santa Barbara City College, Garvin Theater, 2:30 p.m. Friday October 24.