Spotlight on the Invisible

From: Public Affairs

Laren Poole, co-founder and filmmaker, Inivisible Children Inc.

This spring James Madison University students will join a worldwide youth movement to bring attention to the plight of children in war-torn Uganda. A series of movie screenings and fundraisers to support Invisible Children Inc. will culminate in the nonprofit organization's co-founder, Laren Poole, speaking at Senior Convocation, May 5.

According to their website, Invisible Children uses the power of media to inspire young people to help end the longest-running war in Africa. Hundreds of thousands of people have been motivated to action through their films and the volunteers that tour them. They are mobilizing a generation to capture the attention of the international community and make a stand for justice in the wake of genocide.

Poole, the co-founder of Invisible Children, will speak at JMU's Senior Convocation, Thursday, May 5. The senior-only event, intended to celebrate and inspire the graduating class, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Following the conclusion of the convocation seniors are invited to participate in the alumni candle-lighting ceremony.

Leading up to Senior Convocation several events will introduce JMU students to Invisible Children.

Invisible Children's newest effort, The Congo Tour, kicks off this spring. As a part of the tour, the film "Tony" will be screened March 29, 7:30 p.m. in the Convocation Center. Invisible Children is expanding its efforts from Uganda to the Congo and this film documents their efforts to rescue and educate children and rebuild in central-eastern Africa. JMU plans to screen other Invisible Children films in April.

JMU's Invisible Children club and the Student Government Association will sponsor "25" on April 25. For 25 hours, participating students will be silent to raise money for the Invisible Children Protection Plan that brings life-saving communication and rehabilitation projects to the victims in Uganda.

Related Links:
Senior Convocation
Inivisible Children

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March 8, 2011