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One Million Bones brings genocide awareness to the college

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One Million Bones

The Freyberger Gallery will host the One Million Bones collaborative art installation, which is designed to bring awareness to the issue of genocide and to call upon our government to take much needed action. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Freyberger Gallery. In addition, the Gallery will host “bone-making” workshops and genocide awareness programs throughout the month of September. These events are free and open to the public.

The One Million Bones project is designed to be a visible petition to remember the victims and recognize the survivors who have been killed or displaced by ongoing genocides and humanitarian crises in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia, and Burma.

Artists, activists, and students across the country are creating “bones” from clay or other materials through the One Million Bones project. In the spring of 2013, one million bones will be installed on the National Mall in Washington D.C.

The following is a schedule of events related to the project for the month of September.

Thurs., Sept. 6–One Million Bones opening reception, 6–8 p.m., Freyberger Gallery. Display of bones that have been created throughout Berks County and genocide timeline, bone-making workshop, short videos about One Million Bones project, light refreshments will be served.

Wed., Sept. 12–Film Hotel Rwanda and discussion, 7–10 p.m., Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Dr. Randall Fegley, Associate Professor of History, and Dr. Michele Ramsey, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women's Studies, will lead the discussion following the film.

Thurs., Sept. 20–Student Film Festival, 7 p.m., Perkins Student Center Multipurpose Room. Students who have traveled to Rwanda will present videos of their journeys.

Mon. Sept. 24–Carl Wilkens: “World Outside My Shoes,” 7:30 p.m., Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Wilkens, former head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International in Rwanda, was the only American who remained in the country after the genocide began. His decision to stay prevented the massacre of hundreds of children.

Bone-Making Workshops
One Million Bones/Berks and the Students Rebuild Team is a registered chapter of One Million Bones, which means that every bone created by visitors to the Freyberger Gallery will result in a $1 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation to one of three organizations that provide advocacy and direct services to people in need. All funds collected benefit the following organizations: ENOUGH; WOMEN for WOMEN INTERNATIONAL and CARE.

Bone-making workshops are free for students; others are requested to make a $5 donation for each bone created. For individuals who are not able to create a bone, one can be made on their behalf for a $15 donation. Workshops will be held in the Freyberger Gallery; evening workshops are open to the public.

Mon., Sept. 10, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 13, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 17, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 19, 8:00–10:00 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 21, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

For more information, including additional workshop dates and times, check the Freyberger Gallery website or contact Marilyn Fox, Freyberger Gallery Director, at 610-396-6140 or via e-mail the Gallery Director (MJF14@psu.edu).

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