Oct. 1, 2007

'Does Dallas Care?' conference to examine Darfur crisis
Dallas area restaurants to hold Oct. 11 fund-raiser

SMU's Human Rights Education Program and Perkins School of Theology hope to bring home to Dallas a sense of urgency about the genocide occurring in Darfur through a two-day conference titled “Does Dallas Care?” and a restaurant fund-raiser, “Dining For Darfur.”

The conference scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10 will feature a panel of Dallas-area religious leaders and presentations by two experts on the conflict: John Prendergast, co-author with actor Don Cheadle of “Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond,” and Dr. Samuel Totten, University of Arkansas historian and author of “Genocide in Darfur: Investigating Atrocities in the Sudan.”

Rick Halperin, director of the Human Rights Education Program and a history professor at SMU, characterizes the violence in Darfur as “a catastrophe of immense proportion which should shock the conscience of the world into action. It is both inexplicable and unacceptable that more is not being done to alleviate the suffering of innocent people there.”

Local, participating restaurants will help raise funds for the victims of the violence in Sudan on Oct. 11 by donating 5 percent of the evening’s gross sales to the International Rescue Committee. The “Dining for Darfur” event is based on a successful 2006 event launched by New York food writer Andrea Strong that raised more than $50,000 in her home city.

The Human Rights Education Program and participating restaurants hope diners will help reach a $100,000 goal.

The United Nations estimates that more than 200,000 people have died and at least 2 million have been displaced from their homes in Darfur since fighting broke out in 2003 between Government of Sudan forces, allied militia and rebel groups. The murder of civilians and the rape of women and girls have been widespread, drawing international condemnation. The United Nations is preparing to enter into peace talks with the government of Sudan later this month.

“Does Dallas Care?” is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Halperin, or visit

Conference Schedule

Tuesday October 9

Ballroom, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, Southern Methodist University:

  • 5:30-5:45 p.m.—Global Genocides since WWII
    Professor Rick Halperin, Human Rights Education Program
  • 5:45-7:00 p.m.—Religious Response to the Crisis in Darfur
    • Rabbi David Stern, Temple Emanu-El, Dallas
    • Mr. Anwar Khan, Islamic Relief
    • Rev. Dr. Celestin Musekura, African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries, Inc. (ALARM)
    • Moderator: Professor Robert Hunt, Perkins School of Theology
  • 7:00-7:30 p.m. – Reception (including food for breaking the Ramadan fast)
  • 7:30-8:00 p.m. – Genocide in Darfur and the Sudan
    Professor Samuel Totten, University of Arkansas
  • 8:30-9:00 p.m. – Book signing with Samuel Totten
    Genocide in Darfur: Investigating Atrocities in the Sudan

Wednesday October 10

Wesley Hall, Highland Park United Methodist Church:

  • 7:00-8:15 p.m. – Not on Our Watch
    John Prendergast, ENOUGH and International Crisis Group
  • 8:15-9:00 p.m. – Book signing with John Prendergast
    Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond

Thursday October 11

Dining for Darfur – For a complete list of participating restaurants visit

  • 9:30 p.m.- midnight – Dining for Darfur After Party and Silent Auction
    The Cape — 2704 Worthington Street, Dallas
    20% of gross sales from the party will be donated to the International Rescue Committee

Dining for Darfur restaurants include:

  • Celebration — 4513 W. Lovers Lane
  • Dream Café — 2800 Routh Sreet.
  • Dream Café — 5100 Beltline Road, #208
  • Felissa’s — 3414 Milton
  • Greenz-Addison Circle — 15615 Quorum Drive
  • Greenz-Preston Forest — 11661 Preston Road
  • Greenz-Uptown — 2808 McKinney Avenue
  • Kathleen’s Art Café — 4424 Lovers Lane
  • Penne Pomodoro — 11661 Preston Road, Suite 143
  • Penne Pomodoro — 6815 Snider Plaza
  • Plucker’s Wing Factory & Grill — 5500 Greenville Avenue
  • Sangria Tapas Y Bar — 4524 Cole Avenue
  • Social - Hotel Lumen — 6101 Hillcrest Avenue
  • Sudanese Restaurant — 9660 Audelia Road, Suite 117
  • Taverna — 3210 Armstrong Avenue
  • Terilli’s Restaurant & Bar — 2815 Greenville Avenue
  • Thai-riffic — 3068 Forest Lane, #212
  • The Purple Cow — 110 Preston Royal Village
  • Toulouse Café and Bar — 3314 Knox Street
  • Urban Taco — 5331 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 125
  • Ziziki’s Restaurant & Bar — 11661 Preston Road, #309
  • Ziziki’s Restaurant & Bar — 4514 Travis Street, #122

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