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Library Hosts Exhibit on Artifacts & Photographs From Afghanistan & Kenya

WHAT: A reception and discussion celebrating Traveling Mercies an exhibit of photographs, artifacts, and clothing from Afghanistan and Kenya

WHO: Aldo Magazzeni, photographer and humanitarian

WHEN: 6:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13

WHERE: Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—American University’s Bender Library will host a reception and discussion from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, for Traveling Mercies, a two-month exhibit of more than 50 photographs and artifacts from Afghanistan and Kenya collected by humanitarian Aldo Magazzeni during his global missions to assist communities in need and remove barriers between cultures.  The exhibit opened on Friday, September 26.

From 2004 to 2008, Magazzeni worked in Afghanistan to open and support day-care centers and shelters for children and adults, establish training centers in women’s prisons, empower female victims of violence, and organize the building of rural water systems.  In 2006, Magazzeni helped create a water system for Africa’s first self-sustaining village in Kenya, which houses thousands of children and elderly victims of the AIDS epidemic. 
“Aldo’s photographs are powerful reminders of the individuals behind the headline news we read about every day,” said Cindy Gueli, adjunct professor of history and curator for the exhibit.  Magazzeni will also share his photographs and findings with students through class discussions and meetings with student groups during the two-month exhibit.

American University is a leader in global education, enrolling a diverse student body from throughout the United States and nearly 140 countries. Located in Washington, D.C., the university provides opportunities for academic excellence, public service, and internships in the nation’s capital and around the world.