When Nanci Ricks grew up in Indiana, she had no idea that learning the art of photography from her grandfather would help her communicate the story of the 250 million Dalits (Untouchables) of India. In 2001, Nanci co-founded and directed the Dalit Freedom Network (DFN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the emancipation of India’s Dalit.
As the co-founder and former President of the Dalit Freedom Network, Nanci brings the audience along on her journeys to the villages of India through the eye of her camera and the passion of her heart. She has authentically communicated about the plight of the Dalits to countless audiences. She has testified before the US Congress as well as presented to large and small Indian and American audiences, interest groups, universities, and churches. Through her heartfelt presentations, thousands have been stirred to action for the Dalit cause in a variety of arenas. Nanci brings her experience as a Pediatric Physical Therapist, passionate visionary, published medical researcher, wound care specialist, community leader, and photographer to her artistic narrative.
As you listen to Nanci and view her photographs you will be drawn into her heart for the nation of India. With a strong desire to see the world transformed, Nanci has mentored and mobilized many young leaders to look beyond their circumstances and make positive changes in the world. She is a passionate leader, developer, visionary strategist, and facilitator. As an engaging communicator, Nanci is the consummate storyteller. She speaks on a variety of topics that stir your heart and give you a wider perspective of the world. Her book “To Love The Slumdog” is a collection of 150 photographs and 50 short stories of her experiences in India.
She is the mother of four beautiful souls and currently resides in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Nanci’s presentation you will learn:
- There is more to photography than the mechanics of the techniques
- The artistry of photography stimulates a person’s imagination by drawing them into the story behind the photography
- People will walk away with some stories and information about the Dalits (untouchables) of India
Nanci Ricks will have copies of her book, “To Love the Slumdog: My Journey Serving the “Untouchables” – The Dalit
Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Location: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO. (Meeting is downstairs to the rear.) There is an elevator for anyone who prefers to use it. Guests are welcome!