Upcoming Events

December 2nd - 4th, 2005

Boston Area Darfur Activism Conference
a STAND and GI-Net event

Organized by student groups from:

Boylston Hall, HARVARD YARD

Since 2002, genocide in Darfur has over 300,000 dead, 4500 villages destroyed and over 2.2 millions displaced in camps with inadequate food, water, shelter, or medical care.

But genocide doesn't just happen. It's stoppable and it's preventable. Come learn how and why at the Boston Area Darfur Activism Conference, organized by students from Harvard, Brandeis, Tufts, and Georgetown.
Over the course of the weekend, you will not only hear from experts in panels and workshops, at movie viewings, and at a book signing. You will be also be an active participant in regional networking and the
official launch of a nationwide anti-genocide constituency.

 Sign up today !

Sponsored by: Harvard Darfur Action Group

Co-sponsored by:
Kuumba * Harvard African Student Association * Harvard Black Students Association * Harvard Black Men's Forum * Harvard Hillel * Association of Black Harvard Women * Harvard Friends of Amnesty International *
Harvard International Development Organization * Harvard Radcliffe Christian Fellowship * Harvard Radcliffe Asian American Christian Fellowship * Ann Radcliff Trust Fund

Endorsed by:
Harvard Graduate Council * Education School Council* Graduate School of Arts & Science Council * Medical School Council * Harvard Human Rights Journal * HLS Advocates for Human Rights * KSG Human Rights Professional Interest Council

For more information, contact ronc@fas and jmorse@fas

Past Events

Harvard divests

Harvard Business school panel on perspectives and possibilities
The genocide in Darfur continues to decimate the Western region of Sudan, and
millions of refugees are still living precariously in camps in Chad. What is
the situation like? What should be done? What can be done? How can you help?

Come here a panel of experts at a...
F O R U M    O N   D A R F U R:
Tuesday, Nov. 1 @ 7 p.m.
202 Hawes Hall
*(directions below)
Speakers include: Alex de Waal, Allan Ryan, and others

Dafur Call-in Day
October 18  , please join thousands around the country in a National Call-In Day for Darfur coordinated by the   Genocide Intervention Fund , the Save Darfur coalition, and the   Friends Committee on National Legislation.

Last year, Congress and the Bush administration declared that genocide was underway in the western Darfur region of Sudan. Today, even amidst reports of spiraling violence, Congress has failed to take action to address the ongoing crisis. In recent weeks, attacks against civilians in camps, humanitarian workers, and most recently, African Union (AU) peacekeepers, have prompted the AU Peace and Security Council to call on the UN Security Council to address the deteriorating security situation in Darfur.

Members of Congress need to hear from constituents that there is strong public support for promoting peace and accountability in Darfur. Please take a moment tomorrow to call your senators and representative and ask them to support the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act – an important piece of legislation that outlines necessary next steps toward ending the violence in Darfur. Information on contacting your members of Congress and a sample script to help you make the calls is included below.

Thanks very much to all the organizations and individuals who joined in calling Congress this week to urge cosponsorship and passage of the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act. Staffers have told us their phones were ringing off the hook for Darfur! Staff in Sen. Brownback's office reported receiving a surge of inquiries from other offices about the bill, and five new cosponsors have already been added to S. 1462. In conjunction with the call-in, Sen. Brownback made his own
speech (PDF) on Darfur this week on the floor urging passage of the bill. Discussion in both House and Senate of how to move the bills forward before the end of the session is now underway with renewed energy thanks to the efforts of so many people across the country!

Behind Rebel Lines
A photo presentation by Mark Brecke

 A photographer embedded with the Sudan Liberation Army

Thursday, October 6th
3:30 pm
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall

Mark Brecke is a seasoned war photographer, who recently returned from the refugee camps of Eastern Chad and 5 weeks as an "embedded photographer" with the Sudanese Liberation Army in Darfur, Sudan. Don't miss your chance to witness his photo presentation and a brief film from both his trip and his tireless efforts to spread the word about what he saw.

5-7pm Thursday, May 19th
TMEC Amphitheater
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Ave
Reception to follow.

Confirmed Panelists:
* Andrew Loewenstein, Lawyer and member of the Atrocities Documentation Team commissioned by the U.S. State Department to investigate genocide in Darfur
* Susannah Sirkin, Deputy Director of Physicians for Human Rights
* Jennifer Leaning, Professor of International Health, HSPH
* Rebecca Hamilton, Harvard Law School '07 and co-founder of the Darfur Action Group

Sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Student Council,
Students for Global Health, Physicians for Human Rights, and
the Ethics and Health Program of the Division of Medical Ethics

Prevent Hotel Darfur Campaign
(under construction)

Minute of Silence, March 17th
On March 17th, 2005, Harvard held a Minute of Silence for the victims of Genocide in Sudan at 3:00 pm. The Minute of Silence was a national event initiated by the United States Holocaust Museum’s Committee on Conscience.

Over 150 Harvard students, faculty and staff convened on the steps of Memorial Church and many more held a minute of silence in their classrooms or offices. i-Abolish speaker Francis Bok shared his personal experience as a former Sudanese slave with the crowd, encouraging all to take action. The leadership committee of the (then) Darfur Action Group invited the crowd to sign petitions supporting the Accountability Act and suggested various ways of helping stop the genocide, including donating to the Genocide Intervention Fund. Then the bells struck 3:00 pm, silence, broken one minute later by a gospel sung by Harvards’s Kuumba sisters.

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Silent Protest for Divestment, April 4th

Dressed in black, nearly 250 students gathered at the steps of Widener Library at 10:30am, and proceeded in silence to the Loeb House to make their presence known at the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility meeting. The students were joined by the Kuumba choir.

Spotlight on Darfur Week, April 4th-8th
CAMBRIDGE, MA – As academics and activists around the country commemorate the 11th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide this week, Harvard University is putting considerable resources into focusing much needed attention on the current genocidal crisis in Darfur. The various human rights centers across the University have come together to support a week of events planned by Harvard’s Darfur Action Group, a coalition of undergraduate and graduate students, formed last year in response to the atrocities that have claimed an estimated 300,000 lives in the Darfur region of Sudan.

The kick-off event begins at 7PM, Monday April 4th at the Kennedy School Forum, with hundreds of students and faculty expected in attendance. On Wednesday April 6th, the Genocide Intervention Fund -- an initiative conceived by Swarthmore students through which private citizens can support African Union peacekeepers to stop the atrocities -- will make its Harvard debut. On Friday April 8th, Harvard Law School will be hosting an event to address questions of accountability and justice in Darfur.

The Darfur Action Group’s co-founders Chad Hazlett (Kennedy School of Government), Rebecca Hamilton (Harvard Law School) and Sabine Ronc (Harvard College) emphasize that the publicity the Harvard brand name attracts can be channeled in a positive way to focus students and academics across the country on Darfur.

The week of events will bring a host of high-profile speakers to the campus, including Ian Martin (Special Advisor on Human Rights in Sudan to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), John Prendergast (Special Advisor to the President of the International Crisis Group), Haile Menkerios (Director, African department, UN Political Affairs) and Gayle Smith (former director of African Affairs at the National Security Council). In addition, faculty and visiting fellows at Harvard including Samantha Power, Justice Richard Goldstone, Alex de Waal, Lt-General Romeo Dallaire, Martha Minow and Michael Ignatieff will be speaking.

Other events throughout the week will keep attention on Darfur and provide ways for students and faculty to become directly involved. Early Monday morning (April 4th), many students are expected to participate in the “Silent Statement in Support of Divestment,” sponsored by an undergraduate group, the United Front for Divestment. Other events during the week include a luxury fast (in which students will be donating money they would otherwise spend on items such as coffee and chocolate), a screening of recent film footage from Darfur, and an advocacy workshop that will coordinate students’ lobbying activities. Tables throughout each participating school will give students a chance to write letters to U.S. leaders, and to buy green “Not on My Watch” wristbands with a contribution to the Genocide Intervention Fund.

Monday April 4th, 7PM
John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Forum
Speakers: Haile Menkerios, Samantha Power, John Prendergast, Alex de Waal
Moderated by: Fernande Raine

A Humanitarian Perspective on Sudan:
Tuesday, April 5th, 3PM
A Discussion with Kenny Gluck, Operational Director of Doctors without Borders
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Fainsod Room

GENOCIDE INTERVENTION FUND: Can private citizens halt genocide?
Wednesday April 6th, 7PM
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Wiener Auditorium
Speakers: Mark Hanis, Gayle Smith, Rebecca Hamilton, Lt-Gen. Romeo Dallaire
Moderated by: Samantha Power

FILM SCREENING: Bedeekee Darkee (Message from Home): Interviews with civilians in Darfur
Thursday April 7th, 5PM
Harvard College, Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall
Introduction by: Jen Marlowe
Followed by: Advocacy workshop
Moderated by: Chad Hazlett & Sabine Ronc

Friday 8th April, 12.30PM
Harvard Law School, Pound Hall 101
Speakers: Justice Richard Goldstone, Michael Ignatieff, Ian Martin
Moderated by: Martha Minow

Luxury Fast for GIF, April 7th
As part of a nationwide effort coordinated by Georgetown STAND, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and MTVu, students gave up luxuries such as coffee and chocolate for a day, instead donating money they would have spent on these items to the Genocide Intervention Fund.

HBO Films: Sometimes in April, April 20, 2005, 6:00 PM
Samantha Power
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Institute of Politics
Harvard Square Loews Theater
RSVP: 1-888-873-4584
HDAG will be collecting donations for GIF.

Hotel Rwanda, April 25, 8pm
Hotel Rwanda being shown at Boston University's GSU Student Center; hosted by Helping Africa Through Understanding and Action (HATUA) and community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega; for more information contact Sara Fernandes at

HATUA Darfur Night, April 26th, 7:30pm
HATUA will be holding a Darfur Night in the College of Arts and Sciences Building, Room 211. It will feature Andrew Karlsruher, a BU communications freshman who recently returned from Darfurian refugee camps in Chad filming a documentary for mtvU. He will be sharing his still photos and the documentary. Everyone is welcome and admission is free (any donations will benefit GIF).

BENEFIT CONCERT AT BU, April 26, 7:30pm
"United Voices": concert to benefit victims of violence and AIDS in Africa; proceeds are going to Save Darfur and Nelson Mandela's AIDS organization; located at Boston University's Photonics 206; cost is $5 at the door or $3 if you have an AIDS or Darfur bracelet; hosted by Helping Africa Through Understanding and Action (HATUA) and the co-ed community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega; for more information contact Sara Fernandes at

The Carr Center for Human Right Policy presents
General Romeo Dallaire
SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Weiner Auditorium in the Taubman Building, Kennedy School for
Government, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
The Carr Center will screen the film based on General Dallaire's book
before his presentation.
Speakers: Lt-Gen Romeo Dallaire, Former Force Commander, United Nations Assistance Mission
for Rwanda (UNAMR) and Carr Center Fellow Peter Raymont, Director Michael
Ignatieff, Carr Professor of Human Rights Practice

Winner of the 2002 Caine Prize for African Literature
THURSDAY, April 28th, 4:30pm at the Cafe Gato Rojo, Dudley House
"Beyond the River Yei: Life in the Land where sleeping is a sickness"
INFORMATION: 857-204-8770 or
sponsored by Zamani Foundation and American Culture Society

Wesleyan Oudoors Afrobeat, April 30th from 1-6 PM
Wesleyan is hosting an outdoors Afrobeat festival for DarfurThe festival is featuring top notch underground acts Wunmi and Akoya (both on the ASAP compilation), as well as the Wesleyan Afrobeat Ensemble and West African Drumming Ensemble. There will be a circle of tables around the festival area, with everything from letter signing to call-in stations to information on the conflict to divestment petitions, etc.

Lowell JCR

Surviving Genocide, a discussion with Ernest Rugwizangoga
Ernest Rugwizangoga, an ethnic Tutsi, sought refuge inside the walls of a Catholic seminary when the genocide began, along with 10,000 other Tutsi refugees... 100 days later, only 3,000 had survived. Today, Ernest is an
activist and youth organizer helping others recover from their traumas.

On the Ground in Darfur, an update from the field with Andrew Loewenstein
Want to know what is going on in Darfur? Get your information first-hand. For the most recent stories, photos, and
interviews about the genocide in Sudan, come hear from a legal expert who just got back from the field.

Screening of the movie Hotel Rwanda
Sponsored by the Darfur Action Group and the Lowell House Race, Culture, and Diversity Initiative
*as always, all are invited*

RALLY for Darfur in Central Park, NYC, May 8th 4:30 pm.
Cost: Round-trip bus fare.
Please contact to sign up.

Darfur Action Group