Saturday, January 06, 2007

Darfur: Who Will Survive Today? A Second Life event

My day job is putting on a special event about the crisis in Darfur. It's held entirely within the virtual online community Second Life and produced in conjunction with the US Holocaust Museum. Last time we tried this was the day our office building had that nasty fire, so this time let's all cross our fingers, eh?

From the website:

Actress and activist Mia Farrow will discuss and answer questions about the worsening situation in Darfur and neighboring Chad at a live, virtual 3-D event in the on-line community Second Life. The landmark program will be open to the press and the public without charge, on Tuesday, January 9, 2007, from 2 PM to 3 PM (Eastern Time)/ 11 AM to 12 Noon (Second Life Time).

Also speaking about the Darfur crisis at the event in Second Life will be:

John Heffernan, who has traveled extensively throughout Sudan and the region, co-authored the 2006 report “Darfur: Assault on Survival” for Physicians for Human Rights, and serves as Director of the Genocide Prevention Initiative for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience, the sponsor of the program;

Ron Haviv, the award-winning photojournalist, whose images of Darfur are part of the virtual event;

Ronan Farrow, who has served as a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth in Sudan, as a representative of the Genocide Intervention Network, and has written extensively about the situation in Darfur; and

Bill Lichtenstein, president of Lichtenstein Creative Media, and Senior Executive Producer of the national, weekly public radio series The Infinite Mind, who will moderate.

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