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Dr. Neal Baer guest-curates exhibition on making a difference in the world

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Dr. Neil Baer

Dr. Neal Baer, adjunct professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, guest-curated an exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles that is designed to inspire visitors to find their own paths to making a difference in the world. The Skirball teamed up with Baer, a pediatrician and Emmy-nominated writer and producer who is well-known for combining his background in medicine and storytelling to promote social change, to develop “A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World.” 

Students at Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya. The school and its founders are featured in 'A Path Appears.'

The exhibition, which opened in November and runs through Feb. 16, 2016, explores four critical humanitarian issues — education, health, jobs and empowerment — and reveals how organizations, both local and global, are developing workable solutions to these worldwide challenges. Through ActionLab, a mobile-friendly tool that uses storytelling to turn inspiration into action, the exhibition culminates in recommending practical, results-driven steps that visitors can take to bring about social change. Also providing expert guidance in the exhibition's development were the Fielding School’s WORLD Policy Analysis Center and the Global Media Center for Social Impact, which Baer co-founded.

The exhibition is based on and named for the bestselling book, “A Path Appears” (Knopf, 2014), co-authored by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book was praised by President Bill Clinton as “an inspiring roundup of the many simple and efficient ways in which we can lend our hearts and talents to grow hope and opportunity at home and around the globe.

Learn more in this announcement by the Fielding School.

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