Crisis in Darfur

THU, DEC 9, 2004 (1:27:43)

Jennifer Leaning of the Harvard School of Public Health, Eric Reeves of Smith College, Alex de Waal of the Global Equity Initiative at Harvard, and William Schulz of Amnesty International discuss the crisis in Darfur. Gail Harris, a journalist for both NPR and PBS, moderates their discussion.

+ BIO: Jennifer Leaning

Dr. Leaning's research and policy interests include issues of public health, medical ethics, and early warning in response to war and disaster, human rights and international humanitarian law in crisis settings, and problems of human security in the context of forced migration and conflict. She has field experience in problems of public health assessment and human rights in a range of crisis situations (including Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Kosovo, the Middle East, former Soviet Union, Somalia, the Chad-Darfur border, and the African Great Lakes area) and has written widely on these issues.

Dr. Leaning serves on the boards of Physicians for Human Rights (an organization she co-founded), Amnesty International, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Oxfam America, International Rescue Committee, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Massachusetts Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is visiting editor of the British Medical Journal, serves on the editorial board of Health and Human Rights, and is a member of the Board of Syndics at Harvard University Press. From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Leaning directed the Program on Humanitarian Crises and Human Rights at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, during which time Dr. Leaning also served as editor-in-chief of Medicine & Global Survival, an international quarterly.

+ BIO: Eric Reeves

Eric Reeves is Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He has spent the past ten years working full-time as a Sudan researcher and analyst, publishing extensively both in the US and internationally. He has testified several times before the Congress, has lectured widely in academic settings, and has served as a consultant to a number of human rights and humanitarian organizations operating in Sudan.

Working independently, he has written on all aspects of Sudan's recent history. His book about Darfur, A Long Day's Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide, was published in May 2007. He is also at work on a longer-range project surveying the international response to ongoing war and human destruction in Sudan over the past 25 years, Sudan: Suffering a Long Way Off.

+ BIO: Alex de Waal

Alex de Waal is a program director at the SSRC, engaged in projects on HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation and on Emergencies and Humanitarian Action. He is also a fellow of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, which is a partner in a consortium with the SSRC working on AIDS and governance issues, and he is director of Justice Africa, London.

In his twenty-year career, de Waal has studied the social, political and health dimensions of famine, war, genocide and the HIV/AIDS epidemic, especially in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes. He has been at the forefront of mobilizing African and international responses to these problems.

De Waal's books include: Famine that Kills: Darfur, Sudan, 1984-5 (1989), and Facing Genocide: The Nuba of Sudan (1995). He is the editor and lead author of Islam and Its Enemies in the Horn of Africa (2004), AIDS and Power: Why There is No Political Crisis Yet (2006), War in Darfur and the Search for Peace (2007), and most recently author, with Julie Flint, of Darfur: A New History of a Long War (2008). De Waal earned his doctorate in social anthropology from Oxford University.

+ BIO: Gail Harris

Body & Soul's series creator, Gail Harris, has been a print and broadcast journalist for more than 25 years, with extensive experience as a political reporter. Before launching Body & Soul in 1998, she co-hosted the 24-part PBS series on campaign finance reform, Follow the Money. Her other PBS credits include anchoring and co-producing Hiroshima Remembered, which won a national Emmy. A former correspondent for ABC News Nightline, she has a master's degree in public administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. She is president and chief executive officer of Beacon Productions, Inc., the Boston-based company that produces Body & Soul.

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