Last night, I had the privilege of attending a panel discussion of the Invisible Children film, Kony 2012. The panel was convened at the New York Society for Ethical Culture as a part of Congo in Harlem, a week-long series of film screenings and other events related to the DRC. It was the best way I could have spent my birthday (I know, right?) and I would like to recap everything covered at the event for all of you who couldn’t be there. (In addition, the Congo in Harlem website should have a full audio podcast up in the near future). Early next week I will also (attempt to) write up my own response to what was said. Below is a run-down of what was said by whom, in a very not-verbatim transcript rendered from my notes.
- Moderator: Elliot Ross, writer and contributor to Africa is a Country.
- Milton Allimadi, editor-in-chief of Black Star News.
- Amanda Taub, professor at Fordham University and blogger at Wronging Rights.
- Kate Cronin-Furman, lawyer, PhD candidate, and blogger at Wronging Rights.
- Laura Seay, professor at Morehouse College and blogger at Texas in Africa.
- Richard Mark Ochaka, mentor at Invisible Children.
- Michael Poffenberger, executive director of Resolve.
- Bukeni Waruzi, program manager for the Middle East and Africa, WITNESS.