Dr. Isabella Alexander

Dr. Isabella Alexander is an award-winning writer, documentary filmmaker, and sociocultural anthropologist. A leading expert on international human rights, she has spent the past decade living between the US, where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Film & Media Studies at Emory University, and Africa, where she works to defend the basic human rights of the world’s largest population of migrants and refugees. For the past three years, she has been working undercover – embedded in hidden migrant brotherhoods and smuggling rings – to capture the treacherous journeys of three families from the DRC, Mali, and Sierra Leone toward the promise of safer shores for her latest documentary film, The Burning: The Untold Story of Africa’s Migrant Crisis.

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Land Acknowledgment

The Parliament of the World's Religions acknowledges it is situated on the traditional homelands of the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Hoocąk (Winnebago/Ho’Chunk), Jiwere (Otoe), Nutachi (Missouria), and Baxoje (Iowas); Kiash Matchitiwuk (Menominee); Meshkwahkîha (Meskwaki); Asâkîwaki (Sauk); Myaamiaki (Miami), Waayaahtanwaki (Wea), and Peeyankihšiaki (Piankashaw); Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo); Inoka (Illini Confederacy); Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe), and Odawak (Odawa).

PoWR recognizes the region we now call Chicago remains home to a diversity of Indigenous peoples today and this land upon which we walk, live, and play continues to be Indigenous land.

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