January 17, 2007
Images of Genocide
Brown to Host Photojournalism Record of Life and Death in Darfur
Giant images of the escalating crisis in Sudan will be on display at Brown University as the traveling photojournalism exhibition Darfur/Darfur comes to Providence Jan. 26-27, 2007. Speakers at the opening forum include Mia Farrow, UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador; Frank Caprio, general treasurer of Rhode Island; Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights; and Eric Reeves, Sudan expert and researcher. The exhibition and forum are free and open to the public.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Giant images of the escalating genocide and humanitarian crisis in Sudan will be projected on the walls of List Art Center when Brown University hosts the traveling photojournalism exhibition Darfur/Darfur on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27, 2007. The series of changing photographs, captured by award-winning photojournalists, provides visual education about the ongoing horrors of warfare while celebrating a richly multicultural region. The exhibition will be open on both evenings from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
An opening forum is planned for Friday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., featuring Mia Farrow, UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador; Frank Caprio, general treasurer of Rhode Island; Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights; Eric Reeves, Sudan expert and researcher; and Keith Brown of the University’s Watson Institute for International Studies. The forum will begin with Marsha Z. West, director-in-residence for Rites and Reason Theater/Africana Studies, reading A Mother to Her Son, a monologue by playwright Winter Miller.
The exhibition and forum, sponsored by STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, and the Watson Institute, are free and open to the public. List Art Center is located at 64 College St., Providence. Parking is available in Brown Lot 52 across the street from the venue.
STAND Regional Conference
The Darfur/Darfur exhibition and forum coincide with a regional conference of STAND representatives from campuses in the Northeast, which will be held throughout the weekend at Brown. The conference keynote address will be delivered by Anthony Lake, former national security advisor to President Clinton. Lake will speak about genocide and the United States’ response to the Sudan crisis on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Sayles Hall. The keynote address is free and open to the public.
Launched in New York in September 2006, Darfur/Darfur is traveling to 24 venues in 24 months. Previous sites include the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Brown is the first university to host the exhibition.
The photographs, which focus on cultural life, attacks by government and rebel forces, refugee camps, and the impact of military buildup, were taken in Darfur and neighboring Chad by U.S. Marine Brian Steidle and photojournalists Lynsey Addario, Mark Brecke, Helene Caux, Ron Haviv, Paolo Pellegrin, Ryan Spencer Reed, and Michal Ronnen Safdie.
Edited by Sharon Hughes and Matthew Jacob, the show is curated by Leslie Thomas, a Chicago-based architect. Thomas first conceived of the exhibition last summer, to provide national awareness of the ongoing humanitarian crisis and to raise funds for NGOs, such as Doctors Without Borders. Darfur/Darfur is presented in association with Global Grassroots, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which invests in social entrepreneurship to advance women’s wellbeing in poor countries.
For more information please visit http://www.darfurdarfur.org.
Editors: Brown University has a fiber link television studio available for domestic and international live and taped interviews, and maintains an ISDN line for radio interviews. For more information, call (401) 863-2476.