Two fun items on the agenda: Darfur: Who Will Survive Now? and FFI
The Holocaust Memorial Museum had a special display of photographs on the outside of their building last week to raise awareness about the situation in Darfur. They projected enormous photographs onto the three walls on the outside of the building, which were accompanied by music. The images, which were taken by several photojournalists, were hauntingly beautiful. The multimedia presentation was incredibly effective. If you check out the links above, you can see a simulation of the presentation.
NPR had a story last week about a new book coming out, The Family That Couldn’t Sleep, by D.T. Max, which focuses on a family with Fatal Familial Insomnia, a rare hereditary disease related to Mad Cow that kicks in in a person’s late 50s, and makes it impossible to sleep. After about 9 months, the patient dies, basically from having been awake for nine months. There are only 2 families in the U.S. with this disorder, and 20 that are known in the world.