SmithSTAND and our cosponsor, the Global Studies Center, held a lecture by Dr. Eric Reeves on December 9th, 2010 at 4:15. Dr. Reeves, author of A Long Day’s Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide, is a professor of English and Literature at Smith and full-time Sudan researcher and analyst. His lecture was entitled “Dimming Prospects for Peace in Sudan: Darfur and the Southern Referenda.” The main issues that he talked about were the connections between the accelerating civilian destruction in Darfur and the growing international expediency in addressing the threats to the southern referenda, the view from Khartoum of Western diplomacy and commitment to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the costs of resumed war in the south, and the policy requirements to avert catastrophe. The lecture was well attended with nearly seventy students, professors, and community members who attended and enjoyed delicious deserts and beverages. The audience was extremely engaged by the lecture and sparked a great deal of discussion afterward. Dr. Reeves addressed several questions, including China’s hand in the conflict and how that affects diplomacy and the role of religion in the situation. SmithSTAND is incredibly thankful to have Dr. Reeves on their campus and extremely pleased that so many people came to the lecture to educate themselves about what is going on in Sudan.
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