Humanitarian Crisis in Sudan Explored in New 'Reel to Real' Edition of ABC-CLIO's 'History and the Headlines'

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Special Collection of Free History Resources Focuses on Newly Released Documentary "Darfur Now."

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History educators and students can delve deeply into examining human rights crises and society's responsibility for intervention with "History and the Headlines: Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur." This new edition of ABC-CLIO's complimentary series of online resources is a special "Reel to Real" edition, providing innovative instructional resources that serve as a jumping-off point for teachers to lead students into a guided inquiry of the events, conditions and people covered in newly released films.

This "Reel to Real History and the Headlines" was developed to support discussions of the recently released documentary, "Darfur Now," directed by Ted Braun and narrated by actor Don Cheadle, which chronicles the efforts of six individuals to find a resolution to the conflict that has plagued the western region of Sudan for nearly five years. The free collection will be available until Feb. 1, 2008.

"One of the goals of 'History and the Headlines' is to offer historians and their students resources that help engage them in learning more about current world events," said Becky Snyder, president, ABC-CLIO. "The 'Reel to Real' editions of the series give history educators resources for capturing the attention of today's visually oriented students and opening their eyes to dilemmas posed in the films. Students are able to see a variety of perspectives and reach their own conclusions about issues and events."

In the "Introduction" section, "History and the Headlines: Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur" provides an overview of both the conflict in Darfur and the debate over international intervention in Sudan. In the "Need to Know" section, students can then delve deeper into
ABC-CLIO's reference materials, documents, timelines, maps images and video clips that will help them understand the events, people, places and issues that are involved in this humanitarian crisis. In video clips, activists explain why they think international intervention is critical, while others explain more about why intervention in Darfur is a thorny foreign policy issue for the United States and other countries around the world.

Two essays from noted scholars in the site's "Examine" section will help students develop critical thinking skills and evaluate the issues in the Sudan from multiple perspectives. In his essay, "Is the Crisis in Darfur Genocide?," historian Robert O. Collins, Ph.D., professor of history, emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara, examines the definition of "genocide" in contrast to the two most famous acts of genocide in world history, the Nazi Holocaust against European Jews during World War II and the slaughter of the Tutsi by the Hutu of Rwanda in May 1994. Paulos Milkias, Ph.D., a professor of humanities and political science at Marianopolis College/Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, explores the question, "Is Intervention in Darfur Necessary?" in his essay for "History and the Headlines."

To visit "History and the Headlines: Darfur Now: Chronicling Despair and Hope in Darfur," go to

Other topics that ABC-CLIO will feature in upcoming "History and the Headlines" include another Reel to Real edition, "History and the Headlines: Charlie Wilson's War," which investigates one of the largest covert operations in history, featured in the upcoming Tom Hanks film. It is the true story of a Texas congressman's role in secretly funneling funds and weapons to Mujahideen fighters battling the Society occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. To sign up to receive information about future topics in "History and the Headlines," visit

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