January 31, 2005
UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM CONVENES NATIONAL STUDENT LEADER CONFERENCE ON DARFUR
More than 400 Students From Across U.S. To Attend
WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience (COC) is hosting A Call to Action for Darfur, Sudan, to educate and engage student leaders from colleges and universities nationwide on the ongoing genocide in Darfur. On February 5 more than 400 students from 91 universities will visit the Museum and hear presentations from human rights experts and a Holocaust survivor. Speakers include:
- Gen. Romeo Dallaire, Commander of U.N. Assistance Mission for Rwanda, 1993–1994
- Dr. Ali B. Ali-Dinar, African Studies Professor, University of Pennsylvania
- Jerry Fowler, Director, Committee on Conscience
- Stefanie Frease, Director of Programs, Coalition of International Justice
- Nesse Godin, Holocaust Survivor
- Omer Ismail, co-founder, Darfur Peace and Development
- John Prendergast, International Crisis Group
- Krista Riddley, Deputy Director, Public Policy, Oxfam America
- Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
- Don Steinberg, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace
“This conference aims to equip student leaders with the knowledge and support they need to raise campus awareness of the genocide in Darfur,” states Committee on Conscience Director Jerry Fowler. “Through this and other efforts, the Museum is working to keep students nationwide engaged on this critical issue.”
On February 6, Georgetown University’s Students Taking Action Now for Darfur (S.T.A.N.D.) will host its own workshops on student campus activism at Georgetown University. S.T.A.N.D. was started by Georgetown students following a Museum program for DC-area students held in September 2004, and similar groups have been started on more than 45 campuses nationwide.
The Museum program will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Media wishing to attend any part of the conference should contact Andy Hollinger at 202-488-6133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete conference schedule is also available. More information on the COC can be found at www.ushmm.org/conscience.
Mandated by Congress, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America’s national memorial to the Holocaust. A public-private partnership that has welcomed more than 21 million visitors, the Museum brings the history and lessons of the Holocaust to the nation through educational outreach, teacher training, traveling exhibitions, and scholarship. The Committee on Conscience guides the Museum’s efforts to educate about, prevent and respond to contemporary genocide.