For the 26th of May, SIB proudly presents a lecture by Larry Siems, editor of the book Guantanamo Diary. For the book, mr. Siems worked together with Guantanamo inmate Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who was never charged for any crime, but is a captive of the U.S. government since 2002. Slahi and his lawyer are fighting for his freedom, but so far the U.S. government does not seem to give in.
The book is made up from a diary Slahi wrote, starting during his third year in Guantanamo. It exposes the brutality of US redemption:
“Anyone who reads Guantánamo Diary — and anyone with a shred of conscience should do so, now — will be ashamed and appalled. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s demand for simple justice should be our call to action. Because what’s at stake in this case is not just the fate of one man who, against all odds, managed to tell his story, but the future of our democracy as well.”
— Glenn Greenwald
Larry Siems was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in New Hope, Minnesota, graduating from Neil Armstrong High School in 1977. He studied English and Classical Greek at the University of Notre Dame and poetry in the MFA program at Columbia University, and he was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in 1987-1988.
Since then, he has balanced writing and activism, publishing scores of articles on human rights and cross-cultural themes and serving for many years as director of Freedom to Write Programs for the writers advocacy organization PEN, first at PEN USA in Los Angeles and then at PEN American Center in New York. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Slate, The Nation, LA Weekly, and Ironwood, Epoch, and Southern Poetry Review.
The lecture is free for all and starts at 20.00 in the Senaatskamer (Academy Building). Join us for what will be a very interesting discussion.
Tonight it is time for the most important GMA of the year: the election-GMA! The prefered candidate-Board will present themselves through a policy paper, and you will get to vote. Besides that, the Board of 2014-2015 will present their evaluation of their work.more
Tonight the Diplomats Dinner of 2015 will take place at the SIB. Because of last years' great succes, many ambassadors from all over the world have been invited once again to come and have a talk and a dinner with students of Groningen. The diplomats that will be president are the diplomats for Chili, Israel, Bulgaria, Georgia, Ireland, Hungary, America, UK, Panama, Japan, Philippines, Morocco and Belgium.
This activity is open for non-members as well. The event will take place at the Academy building of the University of Groningen.
It is a future many internationally oriented students dream of: working as an ambassador or diplomat in a foreign country. To make that image of your future a bit clearer and to give you the opportunity to ask all your questions, many different ambassadors have been invited by one of SIB's Disputen, Dispuut Varietas. The event costs €12,50 and sign up is through the link: http://goo.gl/forms/jhcuA8JsaU
Also, after this dinner, we will have a special beer evening at Hardewikerstraat 7, so come by after the diplomats dinner at 22:00 to try different types of beer!
After our great evening having dinner with Diplomats, we will have a special beer evening at Hardewikerstraat 7!
If you would like to try out different types of beer instead of the regular beer served everywhere, now is your chance, so all those beer lovers out there make sure you come!
Also, for those of you who don't like beer, we will still have other drinks too, so you can still come to socialise! And if you're not able to come to the diplomats dinner, then still free feel to come tonight.
See you guys then
On the 15th of June, SIB and IFMSA will organize an evening on the access to medicine crisis in developing countries and the ways the pharmaceutical industry is changing to cope with this problem. Tonight we'll have guests who will speak about two different initiatives to improve access to medicine for developing countries, namely the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and the Access to Medicine-Index (A2M-index).
Neglected tropical diseases continue to cause significant morbidity and mortality in the developing world. Yet, of the 1,556 new drugs approved between 1975 and 2004, only 21 (1.3%) were specifically developed for tropical diseases and tuberculosis, even though these diseases account for 11.4% of the global disease burden. I+ Solutions is a not-for-profit organization specialized in pharmaceutical supply chain management for developing countries. Luuk Jan Boon, their managing director will speak about the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for neglected diseases. The DNDi's goal is to 'improve the quality of life and the health of people suffering from neglected diseases by using an alternative model to develop drugs for these diseases and by ensuring equitable access to new and field-relevant health tools.'
2 billion people in the world have no access to medicine. The Access to Medicine-Index gives insight into what the pharmaceutical industry is doing to improve this situation. The Index publicly recognizes companies for their investments in access to medicine, raising awareness of relevant issues within pharmaceutical companies and providing them with a transparent means by which they can assess, monitor and improve their own performance as well as their public and investment profiles. For this topic we will be joined by Delphi Coppens, Lead researcher for R&D at the Access to Medicine Foundation.