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Photojournalists Visit HWS

Acclaimed photojournalists Matt Moyer and Amy Toensing will visit campus on Thursday, Oct. 3 and Friday, Oct. 4, for a workshop and lecture, “Exploring and Photographing the World with National Geographic,” as well as several classroom engagements with students. The couple will be this year’s John Henry Hobart Fellows in Residence.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Education (CGE) and Hobart Dean’s Office, the two-day event will include a presentation by Moyer and Toensing to be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center. In addition to the lecture, a special workshop featuring Moyer and Toensing will be held on Oct. 3 for students who apply in advance. The CGE will send out an announcement with instructions on how to apply for the workshop.

“The CGE is excited to help bring Matt Moyer and Amy Toensing to campus as John Henry Hobart Fellows in Residence,” says CGE Programming Coordinator Doug Reilly. “They are among the top photojournalists working today, and their experience, outlook and commitment perfectly model what we would call engaged global citizenship.” With years of experience, Moyer and Toensing, who are married, have worked together and independently on a range of assignments that have taken them to locations all around the world.

For Moyer, this will be his second time visiting the Colleges as a John Henry Hobart Fellow. In 2006, he presented “Images from Iraq” following his return from assignments in the Middle East. In addition, Moyer has helped develop the travel photography workshop offered to all HWS students who are going abroad, and has visited campus at other times for photo contests and workshops.

“The John Henry Hobart Fellow – in this case, ‘fellows’ in Residence – is a program endowed by a Hobart alum to provide our students with high-touch, interactive, on-campus experiences with professionals in a variety of fields engaged in issues of social justice,” says Hobart First Year Dean David Mapstone ’93, who previously helped to bring Moyer to campus. “Through their work, Matt and Amy are the quintessential social justice workers and exemplify the characteristics of the Hobart College mission. We are thrilled to have them back on campus.”

A longtime friend of Moyer’s, Mapstone says HWS is glad to welcome Toensing, an accomplished photojournalist, as one of the John Henry Hobart Fellows this year.

At the Oct. 3 presentation, Moyer and Toensing will talk about the trajectory of their careers and discuss their most recent joint project, documenting refugee children in Nairobi, Kenya. They also will offer insights about the importance of studying abroad and other experiential aspects of education. Their Kickstarter campaign and refugee project received $16,000 – and with that support – they will document the mounting humanitarian crisis in Nairobi.

During their visit on Friday, Moyer and Toensing also will join several classes for group discussions. Moyer and Toensing will join “Islamic Art,” taught by Assistant Professor of Art and Architecture Lilliana Leopardi from 12:20 to 1:15 p.m.; “Visual Story,” taught by Associate Professor of Africana Studies Marilyn Jimenez from 1:25 to 1:55 p.m. in Demarest 2; Amy Toensing will join “Paris” taught by Professor of French and Francophone Studies Catherine Gallouet from 1:55 to 2:50 p.m. in Smith 305; and Matt Moyer will join “African Cultures,” taught by Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Chris Annear from 2:10 to 2:50 p.m. in Stern 204. The couple will also share a meal with Honors students and residents of Bampton House.

In addition to their scheduled activities, Moyer and Toensing also are interested in meeting one-on-one with students who are interested in journalism, particularly photojournalism.

“We think Matt and Amy will really inspire HWS students, to study abroad, and to think about how ‘international’ might be part of their future,” Reilly says.

Reilly says Moyer experienced his first foreign photo assignment while studying abroad in the United Kingdom, which demonstrates to HWS students who are going abroad not only how important the experience can be for their futures, but also what kind of significant things can happen when they head off the beaten path. For example, Moyer ended up in coal mine in Wales, Reilly adds.

The presentation by Moyer and Toensing will be combined with the release of the Colleges’ 11th volume of The Aleph, which is an annual literary/artistic journal of global perspectives published by the Partnership for Global education, which showcases poetry, prose, photography and art of HWS and Union students from abroad experiences. Each volume is constructed from the photographs and writings of students at HWS (and Union College as part of a special partnership) who have studied abroad, Reilly says. The work of international students is also included.

“There is nothing like it in the country. The quality of the work is impressive, and it’s a great way for study abroad students to communicate their experiences to the wider campus community,” Reilly says. “Volume 11 is really exciting for us as we enter our second decade of publishing. It’s a great journal to read, especially while daydreaming about where study abroad might take you!”

Moyer is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and attended Syracuse University, graduating with a double major in photojournalism and sociology. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine and other prominent publications. He has photographed stories all over the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt, Latin America and the American West.

Amy Toensing is also a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. She has photographed stories from her own backyard in Maine and the Jersey shore to the jungles of Papua, New Guinea and the Australian outback. Her stories are primarily intimate essays reflecting on the lives of ordinary people. Her work has  appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, and Time.

For more information about their work, visit their websites:

Matt Moyer:!/index

Amy Toensing:!/index

Moyer & Toensing Collaborations: