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 SRU's Amnesty International chapter shines spotlight on Darfur 

 

SPOTLIGHT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 21, 2007

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199

 karl.schwab@sru.edu

 

SRU's Amnesty International chapter shines spotlight on Darfur

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Slippery Rock University chapter of Amnesty International will focus the spotlight on the conflict-ridden Darfur region of western Sudan when it presents "Genocide: The Crisis in Darfur" the week of Feb. 26-March 3.

           The weeklong series is designed to increase awareness about the region, which has been ripped with conflict between rival military groups since 2003. Many claim local and regional governments are fueling the carnage in order to gain control of the area. Up to 2.5 million people are believed to have been displaced by the fighting, which has been labeled both "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide."

           The week includes a multi-university summit at 9 a.m. March 3 with a keynote address by Phil Wilhelm. Wilhelm works in Washington, D.C., with an organization focused on genocide. He just returned from several months in the region. Following his address, participants will break into discussion groups. A panel, including participants from 16 regional colleges and universities, will meet after lunch to offer further discussion.

 

           The week's activities include:

  • Monday: "Darfur Diaries," a documentary, at 7 p.m., Advanced Technology and Science Hall auditorium.
  • Tuesday: A "Peace Party" with games, 6-8 p.m., University Union.

�       Wednesday: A faculty panel discussing "Genocide in Darfur" at 7 p.m. in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall auditorium. Heather Frederick, assistant professor of political science, will moderate.

  • Thursday: A candlelight vigil, 7 p.m., Bailey Library Quad.
  • Saturday: A Darfur Summit, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Advanced Technology and Science Hall auditorium.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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