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Speaker at SDSU to discuss China's influence

BROOKINGS -- Award-winning photojournalist James Whitlow Delano will address "Chinese Soft Power, WikiLeaks and a Small Amazonian Country" at South Dakota State University this month.

Delano will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Bailey Rotunda Room D on the campus. His lecture is open to the public.

According to Delano, as the balance of power in the Americas shifts from the U.S. toward China, Suriname has become a pawn of both countries. Through its release of thousands of secret diplomatic documents, WikiLeaks opened a curtain into the unseen U.S. diplomatic reactions to the expanding Chinese influence in the Americas.

Delano has lived in Asia for 17 years. His work has won dozens of national and international awards, including The Alfred Eisenstadt Award from Columbia University and Life magazine, Leica's Oskar Barnack Picture of the Year International and many others. His work has appeared in magazines and photo festivals on five continents.

Delano's speech is the second in a series of events organized through SDSU's new partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and through its Campus Consortium initiative, which consists of nearly two dozen universities across the country.

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