Dordt College News

Justice Matters events April 17-21

April 9, 2006

Imagine everyone living in the state of Iowa either murdered or fleeing their homes to escape death. That’s the reality at Darfur, a region in the African country of Sudan, where over 2.5 million have died, and another 5 million have been displaced.

Dordt College’s Shamar: Justice Matters Club wants to increase public awareness and understanding of injustices taking place in the world today. They have organized a “Justice Matters Week,”April 17-21, with events include a photographic exhibit, an illustrated talk by photojournalist Ryan Spencer Reed, guest speaker and environmentalist Ginny Vrobleski discussing care for God’s world, a student forum on the torture of political prisoners, and two documentary shows. All of these upcoming events are free and open to the public. Sudan Displaced

The photographic exhibit,“Sudan Displaced” will be in Dordt’s Campus Center Eckardt Lounge April 17-28. Twenty-two images by documentary photojournalist Ryan Spencer Reed illuminate the tragic story that continues to unfold in Darfur, a western province of Sudan, Africa. Reed will discuss the plight of the Sudanese on Wednesday, April 19, at 8 p.m. in Dordt College’s Classroom lecture hall C160.

Reed began his work as a photojournalist in May, 2002, when after graduating from Calvin College he sold his car to purchase a ticket to Africa. Reed has documented the displacement of Sudanese with over 55,000 images, which he hopes will act as an impetus to stop the suffering in Sudan, Kenya, and Chad. Forum

The public forum on the morality of torture in the present anti-terrorism climate will be Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Science Building Lecture Hall S101. Moderator for the forum will be David Schelhaas, professor of English at Dordt College. Four students will share position papers they wrote on the topic, followed by a time for questions and discussion. Participating students are Sara Gerritsma, St. Catherines, ON; Nate Nykamp, Edgerton, MN; Julie Ooms, Lansing, IL; and Justin Van Zee, Searsboro, IA.

“Earth Day, Christians and Vocation” will be the topic of Ginny Vrobleski on Tuesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall S101. She is the national coordinator of A Rocha in the U.S., an organization that promotes the conservation of habitats and species worldwide.

The documentary Invisible Children will be aired Thursday, April 20, at 9 p.m. in Classroom Building C 160. For more information about this documentary featuring Ugandan children who live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, see . Viewers are invited to participate in discussions following the film.

A movie, Paradise Now will be shown Friday, April 21, at 9 p.m. in the Science Building Lecture Hall S 101. For more information about this film, in which Palestinian childhood friends are elected to be suicide bombers, see Viewers are invited to participate in discussions following the film.

All of these Justice Matters Week activities are free and open to the public. Information will also be available throughout the week in a tent on campus.

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