Thursday, December 07, 2006

Crisis in the Sudan Series with Global Nomads

Mackey Luffman's high school World Civilizations class is knee-deep into a study of genocide and its implications to our own society and to its foreign policy. In pursuit of that learning, we signed up for Global Nomads Group's "Considering Genocide in Sudan" IVC series.

Participating in the first of that series was enlightening for Mr. Luffman's class. He told me that he felt our students were well prepared, perhaps better so than others; but that even so they enjoyed the discussion with students in schools in Canada, Texas, and Indiana, led by GNG founder David Macquart.

The second event, held at noon our time on Thursday the 7th of December, had more schools participating and a very interesting presentation and interactive discussion with activist Erin Mazursky, a Georgetown University student who is founder of the organization STAND: A Student-led Anti-Genocide Coalition.

Mr. Luffman is inviting his students to comment here as a follow-up, be sure to check the "Comments" here, and feel free to comment as well (comments are moderated).

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At 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was such an incredible experience. My oringinal thought of having a videoconference was that this was going to be boring; however, the moderator did a great job of integrating all the schools on almost all the questions. USN was easily the most prepared, but it was interesting hearing and learning from the other school's and their input to the conference.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Ben Keller said...

This was a very interesting experience for the students of the USN Youth and Government class due to the advancement of the technology that was used (Videoconferencing) and the variety of schools that contributed to the discussion. It was intriguing to hear the thoughts of not only Americans on the Sudan crisis, but also Canadians too. As Ben Gold stated, University School of Nashville was easily the most prepared, but I was glad to see the organized way in which each school got to share their thoughts on a wide range of topics.

At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Jamie Miller said...

This was the first videoconference I have ever participated in, and it was marvelous. I enjoyed seeing other schools perspective on the issue, and the fact that another nation was involved, namely Canada. I also believe that we came prepared, however the system of how to get to the front and who would talk in what order could have been straightend out more, I felt. As for my first videoconference it was grand, and I would like to do it again.

At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed contributing in the conference. I found it exciting and interesting to hear what other kids in the United States and Canada had to say on the crisis in Darfur. The video aspect of the conference made it even more enjoyable, because you could see the people that you were speaking to even though they were thousands of miles away.

At 11:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The videoconference was pretty cool. It was my first experience using such technology. Overall, I felt that the Darfur videoconference helped give us an insight on the development of the crisis and the response it has received around the country (and Canada).


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