Like many forms of art, photography provides an important means of capturing and sharing the stories of peacebuilders who are striving to end violent conflict in various settings.
Ambassador Cynthia Schneider, a distinguished professor at Georgetown University who specializes in cultural diplomacy, especially in relations with the Muslim world, moderated a discussion with peacebuilders and photographers Leon Shahabian and Colette Rausch. They discussed the role of the individual in building peace, and the value of visuals in sharing those stories.
Shahabian's Layalina Productions creates award-winning films and television series aimed at bridging the divide between the Arab world and the United States through people-to-people diplomacy and captivating storytelling. Rausch serves as associate vice president at USIP and is the author of Speaking Their Peace, a collection of personal stories from the frontlines of war and peace. Each had photographs from the field on display to lend color and context to their findings