UST chapter of Genocide Intervention Network collaborates with Guthrie Theater

UST chapter of Genocide Intervention Network collaborates with Guthrie Theater

From the Genocide Intervention Network, UST chapter

The Guthrie Theater will host special events this month focusing on the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. The St. Thomas chapter of the Genocide Intervention Network is honored to play a part in these activities.

"In Darfur," a play by Winter Miller, will be performed as a reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Miller, a playwright as well as a researcher for the New York Times, collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof to write a searing story of urgency and international significance. Each performance will include post-play discussions featuring journalists, advocates and experts on the crisis.

A photo exhibit, "Darfur/Darfur," also will be shown. The exhibit, by internationally known photojournalists, depicts life and the killing of nearly 300,000 people in the war-torn region. A nonprofit group created the exhibit to educate people about the multicultural population, demonstrate how the violence and mass killings have devastate the region, and raise funds for humanitarian organizations that provide peace advocacy and relief for Darfur. Launched Sept. 18 in New York, the exhibit will travel to 24 cities over the next two years.

UST student Heather Schommer has participated in the event planning; Genocide Intervention Network adviser Dr. Ellen Kennedy will moderate some of the panel discussions; and Genocide Intervention Network members will host information tables about Darfur on the weekend of the events.

Admission to the post-play discussions and photo exhibit is free. Tickets for the reading are $15 and are on sale at the Guthrie Box Office, (612) 377-2224, and are available online at

For more information about the Genocide Intervention Network, visit For more information about the local chapter, see or contact student president Jenny Le or faculty adviser Dr. Ellen Kennedy.