Location: McCormick Tribune Forum
1870 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL
Join Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, in collaboration with African Students Association, Peace Project, NCDC, Inspire Media, and Northwestern STAND for a panel discussion regarding the role of and methods toward socially conscious activism.
This event is meant to create a more diverse dialogue regarding the role of social activism. Invisible Children will be present to explain their contributions toward their social activist efforts.
6-7pm: Invisible Children will screen "Kony2012" After the screening, Oyella Jane, a Ugandan student personally affected by the LRA, will share her story. Finally, representatives from Invisible Children will explain the mission and intent of KONY2012, opening the floor to audience questions.
7-8pm: NUCHR and collaborators will present a panel discussing the role of Social Activism using Kony2012 as a particular case study.
We will offer light refreshments before and after the event.
Wendy Cohen (via Skype) of Participant Media. She will discuss the role of the documentary within social activism. Wendy Cohen joined Participant in November of 2007 as the Manager of Community and Alliances and the founding editor of the TakePart.com blog. Wendy has developed innovative online and mobile initiatives for Charlie Wilson’s War, The Visitor, Food, Inc. and The Cove. She shepherded the digital component of social action campaign for Waiting for "Superman"
JD Stier of the Enough Project will discuss the role of social media within activism. JD is the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign Manager. He has over a decade of experience with campaign and community organizing, advocacy, and politics. JD has advised for and co-founded numerous organizations with missions focused on improving the lives of those living in Congo, Uganda, and Sudan; including the Save Yar Campaign and EDGE Project. JD most recently served at the White House with the Obama Administration and worked on the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign.
Professor Jeff Rice of Northwestern University will discuss the question of how to responsibly advocate in an age of social media, ideally speaking about the consequences of simplifying complex issues into mass marketable messages and ways to be a "responsible humanitarian."
Panelists will discuss their specific takes on the role of activism and finally open up the floor for audience questions.
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