Photojournalist Jim Loring to Deliver YHC’s Annual Ragsdale Lecture

Friday, October 4, 2013

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Photojournalist Jim Loring to Deliver Young Harris College’s Annual Ragsdale Lecture

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Photojournalist, activist and educator Jim Loring will deliver the annual Ragsdale Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Loring’s photographic experience spans more than 25 years and 65 worldwide assignments. Loring’s work seeks to tell the human story through universal themes such as healthcare, environmental concern, food and water programs, education, and the challenges of war and conflict. 

His documentation of the impact of Nicolae Ceauşescu's resettlement policy in Romania led to opportunities with some of the world’s leading relief and development agencies including Care International, World Vision and Save the Children.

His current big screen presentation and exhibition, “The Independent Thinker,” spans the globe with images and stories from more than 15 countries. He tells of the excitement of meeting Tuareg nomads and sleeping under the stars in Niger, of losing the film and then reshooting an entire assignment in Ethiopia, and nearly falling from a helicopter while on assignment in Albania. These stories all lead to the same theme: the struggles of those living on the edge and what is being done to bring an end to the poverty that daily claims the lives of 16,000 children.

Selected as one of four educators to revise the photography standards for Georgia, Loring currently teaches photojournalism and a wide range of other photography courses at North Georgia Technical College in Clarkesville, Ga. He also regularly presents “Earthbound Photography Workshops” focusing on camera skills and composition throughout the region.

Loring has photographed British celebrities and members of the Royal family, and his diverse portfolio also includes wildlife, nature and portrait photography. 

For more information about the lecturer, visit For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5140.

About the Ragsdale Lecture Series
The Ragsdale Lecture Series brings national speakers to Young Harris College to discuss relevant governmental and political issues. It was established in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Paris to honor Mrs. Paris’ cousin, Warner B. Ragsdale, a 1917 graduate of Young Harris College who achieved a long and distinguished career in journalism.

After leaving YHC, Ragsdale completed his education at Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his journalism career serving on the staff of newspapers in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla., Hendersonville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Birmingham, New Orleans and Louisville. He joined the Associated Press in 1924 and became associate editor and political editor for the U.S. News and World Report in 1941. He remained in these roles until his retirement in 1970.

During his career in journalism, Ragsdale covered every national political convention held by the Republican and Democratic parties from 1928 to 1968 and traveled during campaigns with Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. One of his career highlights was his coverage of the Scopes Evolution Trial in Dayton, Tenn., in 1925.

In 1937, he was honored by the National Headliners Club for “best feature story of the year” for his story about Al Capone and the Purple Gang. He served as a part chairman of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Periodic Press Gallery. At the time of his death in 1986, Ragsdale was engaged in writing “A Century of Presidential Elections, as seen from over the hill and back of the bus.”

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit