Sunday, December 11, 2005

Have an opinion. Articulate it forcefully. Win.


The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience is asking high school and university students to write an editorial explaining to their communities why the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur matters today. Students can enter their published editorials in the Committee on Conscience’s editorial contest.

“I will continue to speak out because I survived genocide. I will not — cannot — remain silent during another genocide.”
—Nesse Godin, Holocaust survivor

Students should...
Learn more about the Genocide Emergency in Darfur
Research current conditions in Darfur
Propose ways to respond to the crisis today
Effectively communicate their views to their audience

The authors of the two winning essays, one at the high school level and one at the university level, will be flown into Washington, D.C., to join us for the annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance at the Capitol Rotunda.

The contest will be judged by: New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof; Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, Samantha Power; and the Oscar-nominated star of Hotel Rwanda, Don Cheadle.

Please review the requirements and guidelines for entering the contest. Make sure to include a completed entry form (pdf) with a copy of the editorial as published or a printout of the Web page if published online. All entries must be published by January 5 and postmarked by January 10, 2006. Make sure entry form is complete before mailing it.


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