Thursday, April 17, 2008


Free event is presented in association with Intiman’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank

SEATTLE— Intiman Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Bartlett Sher and Interim Managing Director Kevin Maifeld, will host “Never Again, Again: The Darfur Crisis,” a free panel discussion on the genocide in Darfur on Saturday, May 3 at 4:30 pm. This event is presented in association with Intiman’s critically acclaimed production of The Diary of Anne Frank, and is part of Intiman’s ongoing commitment to engaging our community in issues relevant both to the work on stage and our contemporary world.

Guests on the panel are Diane Roseman Baer, co-founder of Save Darfur Washington State; Mawut Mayen, one of the “Lost Boys” from Southern Sudan and a founding member of the Southern Sudanese Community of Washington; and Ben Weintraub, a founding member of the University of Washington chapter of STAND, an international student anti-genocide coalition. Each will have the opportunity to speak about their personal story as well as consider how others can take personal action to help end the genocide in Sudan . The panel will be moderated by Leticia Lopez, Intiman’s Director of Education & Community Programs.

Panelist Bios

Diane Roseman Baer is a co-founder and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Save Darfur Washington State (SDWS). SDWS, founded in June 2005, is a grassroots not-for-profit organization committed to raising awareness about the crisis in Darfur and—through education, advocacy and outreach—enhancing community and public policy efforts to end the genocide and crimes against humanity there. Baer, a public health research professional, has been a community activist in the Seattle area for more than 20 years. In addition to her work on Darfur she serves on the Boards of the Pacific Northwest Region Anti-Defamation League and Rodef Tzedek, the Center for the Pursuit of Justice. She is also on the Pacific Northwest Council of the Union for Reform Judaism and a member of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. She currently serves as 1st Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of Temple Beth Am, a north end Reform Jewish Congregation where she and her family have been members for 30 years.

Mawut Mayen was born in Southern Sudan . When he was three years old, soldiers arrived in his village, shooting people at random; he and his eight-year-old brother were separated from their parents in the jungle. Mayen and his brother walked nearly 1000 miles to Ethiopia , where they lived in a refugee camp. After the forced expulsion of refugees by the government, they made their way to another refugee camp in Kenya . In 2000, he moved to Seattle after being selected to relocate to America through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a degree in Economics, and serves on the Board of the Southern Sudanese Community of Washington as the Director of Membership. He recently returned to Africa and was reunited with his brother and their parents.

Ben Weintraub is a senior at the University of Washington and a founding member of the UW chapter of STAND, an international student anti-genocide coalition. STAND (Students Taking Action Now for Darfur) currently has more than 700 chapters worldwide dedicated to ending the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and to creating a permanent anti-genocide political constituency. He has been working with STAND at the University of Washington since 2005, and played a key role in lobbying UW to divest its endowment funds from companies helping to fund the Sudanese government’s military campaign in Darfur . He has also participated in several other STAND projects, including teaching about Darfur and genocide in local middle and high schools. Weintraub, whose grandfather survived the Holocaust, became involved with Darfur activism after learning about the Rwandan genocide as a high school senior in Portland , Oregon .

The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, patrons should visit

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