Journalist Nick Clooney will present "A Newsman on Darfur" at
5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in 100 Laws Hall at Miami University.
Clooney, a veteran TV and print journalist in Cincinnati and other markets, began working to draw attention to the civil war in Darfur after a nine-day trip to the region last April with his son, actor George Clooney.
During their trip to Sudan and Chad, the senior Clooney interviewed victims of civil strife while his son filmed interviews.
That work led to a June 2006 exhibit at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati titled "In Search of Darfur," extensive media coverage, and dozens of speaking engagements.
The cable network AmericanLife TV has begun airing a half-hour documentary of their trip called "A Journey to Darfur."
The Clooneys' efforts focus on the conflict that has killed an estimated 400,000 people and displaced another 2 million. In a campaign the Bush administration has called genocide, Sudanese armed forces and a government-backed militia known as Janjaweed have been fighting rebels and civilians who want to compel the government to address underdevelopment and political marginalization of the region.
"Darfur is never going to take the place of Iraq or Afghanistan on top of the news," Clooney recently told the Associated Press. "I want to get politicians' constituents talking about this, to get it to bubble up from underneath and onto their agenda."
Nick Clooney launched his media career at age 17 in his hometown of Maysville, Ky. He has been a TV reporter, anchor and news manager in Lexington, Ky., Wilmington, Del.; Buffalo, N.Y., Salt Lake City, Cincinnati and Los Angeles. He also was a columnist for the Cincinnati and Kentucky Posts. Clooney was a host for American Movie Classics cable channel for five years.
"A Newsman in Darfur" is free and open to the public. Sponsors include the journalism program, the political science department, black world studies and the lecture board, with support from the Miami chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and Model U.N.
For more information, contact Patricia Gallagher Newberry, journalism faculty, at email@example.com or 529-5893.