Samara Ressler ’13 writes in with a chance to have a discussion about one of my favorite recent topics:
Invisible Children will be coming to campus this Thursday to screen their most recent film, Kony 2012. This is a chance to see the film for those of you who have not seen it, and hear what Invisible Children has to say about the film and the response to it. The Invisible Children members visiting campus are willing to answer any questions people have, and we hope this can be a chance to open up a good dialogue. Come check it out.
- DATE: Thursday, April 19
- TIME: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
- PLACE: Shanklin 107
- COST: Free
Spring Break may be over, but you can still get your party on with the Roosevelt Institute! Aww yeah, I said it:
What: Discussion on Kony 2012, the LRA, and Uganda
Date: Tuesday, March 27
Time: 8 – 9 pm
Place: Shapiro Center (top floor of Allbritton)
Check the comments below for Roosevelt’s suggested links on the topic! And stay tuned for a Wesleying post next week on April 3rd’s meeting: a talk with Professor Elvin Lim on the “War Against Women.”
Your charity dollars at work (EDIT: image/caption added by wieb$)
If you have checked your Facebook in the past 48 hours, you have likely seen dozens of reposts of Kony 2012 from a humanitarian group named Invisible Children. The video has been staggeringly popular, particularly on college campuses, gathering nearly 10 million views in a matter of days. At Wesleyan, lots of students are discussing the video, it’s been posted on the ACB, emails have been sent to this blog– Kony 2012 has arrived.
Kony 2012 describes the plight of Ugandans in the face of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a violent militant group led by Joseph Kony, who are known to commit horrible atrocities against civilians under a demented pseudo-Christian ideology. The video in particular addresses Kony’s abducting children and forcing them to fight in his army. While humanitarian activism is important and issues such as these deserve more coverage and awareness, the motives and solutions proposed by Invisible Children are dubious at best, with multiple sources pointing to the group’s being financially self-interested and irresponsible.