A Perspective on Compassion Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps            2012-2013
Instructions• Number a paper 1-8, leaving a line or two to  write after each number.• View the slides in order.• Read each...
“Vulture Stalking a Child”             Sudan, 1993      Photo credit: Kevin Carter
1. Look at the picture. Write down a few words that     describe the feelings evoked by this picture.
Perspective• This picture was taken in Sudan, Africa, in 1993  by a South African photojournalist named Kevin  Carter. The...
2. Write down several words that describe how you feel    about the girl in the photo, as well as about the               ...
Perspective• Kevin Carter received the 1994 Pulitzer Prize  for this photo, which brought him widespread  notoriety and at...
3. Write down a few words that describe how you feel   about the girl in the photo, as well as about the                  ...
Perspective• The girl’s parents were nearby when this  photo was taken, at the UN food relief station  receiving food and ...
4. Write down a few words that describe how you feel   about the girl in the photo, as well as about the                  ...
Perspective• It was later announced that the girl in the  picture had been able to walk to the food  station. Her welfare ...
5. Write down a few words that describe howyou feel about the girl in the photo, as well as           about the photograph...
Perspective• Kevin Carter received widespread criticism for  this photo. Some said that he was “as  predatory as the vultu...
6. Write down a few words that describe how you feel   about the girl in the photo, as well as about the                  ...
Perspective• Photojournalists in Africa in the 1980s and  1990s were told never to touch the victims of  malnutrition or d...
7. Write down a few words that describe how you feel   about the girl in the photo, as well as about the                  ...
Perspective• Kevin Carter spent years documenting the  atrocities committed against the people in Africa  in the 1980s and...
Perspective• Kevin Carter committed suicide in 1994, a few months  after a close friend was killed and another seriously  ...
8. Write down a few words that describe howyou feel about the girl in the photo, as well as           about the photograph...
Questions                  to be answered in OnCorps• How did the words you wrote about the girl in the  photograph and th...
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A Perspective on Compassion: A Civic Engagement Discussion

  1. 1. A Perspective on Compassion Fostering Transitions AmeriCorps 2012-2013
  2. 2. Instructions• Number a paper 1-8, leaving a line or two to write after each number.• View the slides in order.• Read each slide fully and complete the instructions before moving on to the next one.
  3. 3. “Vulture Stalking a Child” Sudan, 1993 Photo credit: Kevin Carter
  4. 4. 1. Look at the picture. Write down a few words that describe the feelings evoked by this picture.
  5. 5. Perspective• This picture was taken in Sudan, Africa, in 1993 by a South African photojournalist named Kevin Carter. The Sudanese people were in the middle of a severe famine caused by civil unrest and a corrupt government.• The girl in the photograph is trying to reach a UN relief station to receive food and medical care.• Carter spent 20 minutes setting up his shot, then left the girl. He did not help her.
  6. 6. 2. Write down several words that describe how you feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  7. 7. Perspective• Kevin Carter received the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for this photo, which brought him widespread notoriety and attention.• Three months later, he committed suicide.
  8. 8. 3. Write down a few words that describe how you feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  9. 9. Perspective• The girl’s parents were nearby when this photo was taken, at the UN food relief station receiving food and supplies for their family.• After he took the photo, Kevin Carter chased the vulture away from the girl.
  10. 10. 4. Write down a few words that describe how you feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  11. 11. Perspective• It was later announced that the girl in the picture had been able to walk to the food station. Her welfare after that day is unknown.
  12. 12. 5. Write down a few words that describe howyou feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  13. 13. Perspective• Kevin Carter received widespread criticism for this photo. Some said that he was “as predatory as the vulture.” He was criticized for not helping the child, and accused of caring more about the photograph than the person in it.
  14. 14. 6. Write down a few words that describe how you feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  15. 15. Perspective• Photojournalists in Africa in the 1980s and 1990s were told never to touch the victims of malnutrition or disease, as they could easily spread diseases to these vulnerable people.• Kevin Carter later said that he wished he’d ignored that rule and carried the child to the relief station.
  16. 16. 7. Write down a few words that describe how you feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  17. 17. Perspective• Kevin Carter spent years documenting the atrocities committed against the people in Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.• He and two friends are credited with exposing the harsh realities of apartheid to the world, and bringing international attention to the plight of many suffering African people. continued on the next slide…
  18. 18. Perspective• Kevin Carter committed suicide in 1994, a few months after a close friend was killed and another seriously wounded while attempting to chronicle a violent uprising in South Africa.• His suicide note read, “I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain…of starving or wounded children, of trigger- happy madmen, often police, of killer executioners…I have gone to join Ken [his friend who died] if I am that lucky.” He left behind a young daughter.
  19. 19. 8. Write down a few words that describe howyou feel about the girl in the photo, as well as about the photographer.
  20. 20. Questions to be answered in OnCorps• How did the words you wrote about the girl in the photograph and the photographer change as you gained perspective?• What is compassion? How does it differ from pity?• How does perspective affect compassion?• How does your perspective about the people we serve affect your compassion? How does it affect your service?

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