An unusual exhibition of front-line photography and war reporting is on display at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center through March 15.
“In the Crosshairs: Dispatches from Central America, 1983-90” brings together the photography and field reports of UConn journalism professor Scott Wallace, who was a reporter in the war zones of El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala in the 1980s.
During that time, the U.S. waged a Vietnam-style counterinsurgency against leftist rebels, training and equipping the Contra rebels as they sought to overthrow the revolutionary Sandinista government. The exhibit includes color and black & white photographs from the front lines of those countries, text panels, audio and multimedia clips, equipment, posters, and other artifacts from the era.
Wallace covered wars for CBS News, Newsweek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The Guardian and Independent of London. He also continues to write for National Geographic magazine.
Today, Feb. 20, Wallace will participate in a panel discussion at 4 p.m. at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center with New Yorker writer Jon Lee Anderson, and Robert Nickelsberg, a TIME magazine photographer for 25 years.
Wallace talked about his experiences as a war reporter on the UConn 360 Podcast. For more information go to scottwallace.com.
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