Stirring the Fire: Photography and Film by Phil Borges

Stirring the Fire: Photography and Film by Phil Borges

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Date and Time

Sunday, August 15, 2010 — Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Fine Art Galleries

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The exhibition, Stirring the Fire: a global movement to empower women and girls, is a call to action and a celebration of the women and girls – mostly in developing countries – who have broken through barriers of tradition and oppression to become catalysts for change in their communities. Their stories shed light on specific gender issues worldwide while revealing practical pathways for achieving gender equality. Education, economic security, health, leadership, human trafficking and violence against women are some of the specific issues addressed in social documentary photographer Phil Borges’ work.

"A deeply inspirational work. Phil Borges has brought us face to face with heroes – remote and mostly unknown women – on the edge of a slow but steady transformation, bringing social and economic justice to women and girls worldwide." – Isabel Allende, Chilean author and journalist

The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday 12 - 7 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and during Institute events.

Supported by: Foundation for Women, Gloria Garrett and Glorious Journey Photography, Kevin F. Hughes, CFP®, Mary Woods Scherr, Rick Barton and Elaine Feuer-Barton
Community Partner: Museum of Photographic Arts (MoPA)
Donors: Jewish Women’s Foundation of San Diego, Women Give San Diego and UBS Financial Services Inc.

Stirring the Fire Fellowship

Emily Lohmeyer, a USD junior, was the inaugural recipient of the "Stirring the Fire" Fellowship, a $3,000 grant made to the University of San Diego (USD) by social documentary photographer Phil Borges. Throughout the 2011-2012 academic year. Lohmeyer connectied her work with refugees in the San Diego community to a project in Kenya supporting a new educational program for girls.

Lohmeyer shared experiences both in San Diego and Kenya to inform and inspire others interested in similar projects on the Stirring the Fire blog. “By sharing my research and project,” Lohmeyer said, “I can raise awareness about the importance of girls education within my own community.”

The fellowship is a gift of photographer Phil Borges, whose documentary photography was on display at the IPJ in Fall 2010. Borges was excited to offer a USD student the international exposure that would help him/her better understand the issues that girls and women face around the world and the importance of developing local solutions.

Selection Process: The fellowship recipient was selected through a contest based on submission of the best proposal. The selection committee included representatives of USD’s Center for Community Service-Learning, Center for Peace and Commerce, International Center, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, Women’s Center and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, along with Phil Borges.



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