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Photographer Jones to speak as CCU Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer

April 8, 2011

Ann Jones, internationally renowned writer, photographer and womens right activist, will serve as this years Coastal Carolina University Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21 at Wheelwright Auditorium.

Jones, who earned a Ph.D. in literature and history from the University of Wisconsin, has traveled the U.S. and abroad for most of her life, reporting on domestic violence issues and womens rights and injustice during times of war throughout the Middle East, and publishing her findings in photographs, books and magazines such as National Geographic Traveler.

Kabul in Winter tells of her four-year experience after 9/11 in Afghanistan, where Jones worked as a humanitarian volunteer and documented cases of women detained in prison. War Is Not Over When Its Over, to be released in September, follows Jones work in 2007 and 2008 with Iraqi refugees in post-conflict countries with the International Rescue Committee on a special project of the Gender-Based Violence Unit. Women Who Kill, Everyday Death, When Love Goes Wrong and Next Time, Shell Be Dead are the titles of Jones books on women and violence.

The memorial William A. and L. Maud Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series, established in 1983, promotes an appreciation for the intellectual values in broad social issues, religion, geopolitics and the arts. The Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer Series Advisory Council comprises several designees appointed annually: the Episcopal Diocese serving the Waccamaw region, three faculty members from Coastal Carolina University appointed by the University President, and one member from the Coastal Educational Foundation appointed by the Foundation President. Past speakers include Art Linkletter, Eva Gabor, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Lewis Grizzard.

The Kimbel Distinguished Lecturer event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets may be picked up at the Wheelwright Box Office, 108 Spadoni Park Circle in Conway, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or prior to the lecture. For more information, call 843-349-2502.