Focus on Justice: Disparities in Our Midst and Efforts at System Change

Host Organization: Pulitzer Center


As a pandemic disproportionally impacting the United States’ most vulnerable communities has amplified calls to reimagine America’s fractured health care system, Pulitzer Center grantees Claire Napier Galofaro, Aisha Sultan, and Eric Adelson discuss disparities within social service programs, the consequences facing marginalized groups and efforts at system change.

Join their conversation on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 2 pm Eastern, as part of the Talks @ Pulitzer Focus on Justice online series.

They bring to this discussion years of experience reporting on social service programs, exploring the intersections of poverty, criminal justice, and mental illness, and highlighting the potential for education initiatives to bring about social change.

Galofaro has been documenting the spiraling opioid epidemic since joining the Associated Press in 2015. A correspondent in Louisville, Kentucky, she was awarded the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2017 for her reporting on Appalachia after the collapse of the coal industry, as it became ground zero for the crisis. Her stories for the Associated Press have explored the repercussions of poverty and government dependency and how despair in small town, America, gave way to the rise of President Donald Trump. In 2020, Galofaro focused her attention on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural America.

As a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and award-winning filmmaker, Sultan’s work has run in more than 100 publications, including The Atlantic, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. Her work explores social change with an emphasis on education, families and inequality, and she has won several national honors recognizing her writing, including the Asian American Journalists Association award for Excellence in Print Journalism. Sultan also teaches college writing at Washington University in St. Louis.

Adelson is an adjunct professor at the University of Florida and writer focused on the nexus of sports and society, including issues such as criminal justice, mental illness, and the opioid crisis. He wrote for ESPN Magazine for 10 years and then Yahoo Sports for another nine. Adelson won APSE sports feature of the year in 2013.

The Pulitzer Center's reporting and educational outreach on mass incarceration and related justice issues is supported by the Art for Justice Fund and other donors. The Art for Justice Fund was created by Agnes Gund in partnership with the Ford Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

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