February 17, 2009

'Invisible Children' visits ASU's West campus for film, panel discussion

Posted: February 17, 2009

A documentary and discussion at ASU's West campus will focus on northern Uganda's "Invisible Children."
February 18, 2009
6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Invisible Children, a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on long-term development, education and innovative economic opportunities for those living in northern Uganda, will bring its documentary film “The Rescue” to ASU’s West campus on Wednesday, February 18, 6:45 – 9:00 p.m, in La Sala “A” in the University Center Building (UCB). The New College campus is located at 4701 West Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, and admission is free.

The evening is sponsored by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences master’s degree program in Social Justice and Human Rights.

Following the film, a panel of human rights advocates, including former City of Phoenix Councilwoman and Vice Mayor Peggy Bilstein, will address “glocalization” and how to effectively reach out to global communities from a local position.  Joining Bilstein will be Dan Hoffman, a human rights activist for Africa; Kay Grosso, an English professor at Glendale Community College who works with Ugandan humanitarian efforts in the east African country; and a representative from Invisible Children.

Additional information about the event is available from Sasha Litzenberger at 4theharvest@gmail.com.

What they are saying:

“This information is crucial for anyone interested in Africa and, more specifically, how to advocate for human rights causes from your own kitchen table.”  Dan Hoffman, undergraduate student in ASU’s Interdisciplinary Justice Studies

“Events such as theses are essential to community building for human rights advocacy.”  Kyle Fees, master’s student in ASU’s Social Justice and Human Rights program

“As a non-profit, we work to transform apathy into activism.  By documenting the lives of those in regions of conflict and injustice, we hope to educate and inspire individuals in the western world to use their unique voice for change.  Our approach to humanitarian work is founded in the strength and intelligence of the Ugandan community.  We focus on long-term goals that enable children to take responsibility for their future and the future of their country.”  Invisible Children Web site, http://www.invisiblechildren.com.

Stephen Des Georges, Stephen.Desgeorges@asu.edu
480-727-0757
ASU Foundation