Christopher Hitchens, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly and Vanity Fair, will be among the speakers at “Take Action Now,” an event to promote action against genocide and other human rights violations, on Thursday, April 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South).
Other speakers include John Prendergast, human rights activist and former director of African affairs at the National Security Council, and Mark Hanis, founder and president of the Genocide Intervention Network.
“Take Action Now,” a student-led initiative to re-engage conversation and promote action against genocide and other human rights violations, will focus on the importance of taking a pro-active stance to genocide and other global atrocities. Speakers will share ways that people can get involved on a grassroots level, from joining or supporting a local organization to engaging elected officials.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, go to: http://takeactionnyu.com/.
Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to Melanie Meadows, the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.4123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The initiative’s partners include: the Undergraduate Law Society of NYU; the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student life at NYU; Selma Ruben Distinguished Lecture Series; STAND, a student-led anti-genocide coalition; and Genocide Intervention Network, a global genocide intervention organization.
About "Take Action Now":
“Take Action Now” is a student organized event that aims to educate, energize, and stimulate community action against genocide and human rights abuses around the world. In 2009, a group of New York University Students, led by Gil Shefer, began planning an event to address the issue of genocide prevention and provide substantive ways for students to get involved through political and humanitarian efforts. With leadership from NYU Undergraduate Law Society and the generous support of Selma Ruben Distinguished Lecture Series and Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life at NYU, we are working to meet our goals.
About the Jack H. Skirball Center for Performing Arts at NYU:
The Skirball Center is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for NYU and lower Manhattan. The programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU’s mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. Since 2003, the 860-seat Center has provided a unique venue for enhancing a sense of community while continuing the Greenwich Village traditions of creativity and artistic discovery with a broad range of compelling performance events at affordable ticket prices. Led by Executive Producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and Director Michael Harrington, a natural and vital aspect of the Center’s mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. http://www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu.