WORLD LEADERS AND
HUMANITARIANS RAISE $7.3 BILLION FOR GLOBAL AID EFFORT
A dazzling array
of national Heads of States, global business leaders and humanitarians
gathered at the second annual meeting of the
Clinton Global Initiative in
New York City. An astonishing $7.3 billion in global aid was pledged by a
stunning roster of modern visionaries and philanthropists. Distinguished
members included First Lady Laura Bush, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan,
President Perev Musharraf of Pakistan, Prime
Minister Shimon Peres of Israel, President Vicente Fox Quesada of
Mexico, former Prime Minister of Canada Paul Martin, former Secretary of
State General Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and the President of Ireland
Mary Robinson. Business entrepreneurs included Warren Buffet, Sir Richard
Branson, Russell Simmons, Georgette Mosbacher of Borghese, Google founders
Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and Starbucks CEO Jim Donald. Educational
leaders included President of Brown University Dr. Ruth Simmons and
President of Columbia University Lee Bollinger.
The nonpartisan Global Initiatives annual meeting concentrated a diverse and
select group of current and former heads of state, business leaders,
noteworthy academicians, and key NGO representatives to identify immediate
and pragmatic solutions to the world’s most pressing social and economic
problems. Workshops focused on resolving poverty issues; integrating
religion as a force for reconciliation and conflict resolution; and
implementing innovative business strategies and technologies to combat
climate change; and strengthen governance.
Global Initiative is a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a
community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions, in
order to implement and address the complex and growing demands borne of a
modern civilization. The mission of CGI is to strengthen the capacity of
people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global
interdependence. To advance this mission, CGI has developed programs and
partnerships focused upon:
▪▪Poverty Alleviation ▪▪Global Health ▪▪Energy and Climate Change
▪▪Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
“All of us have an unprecedented amount of power to solve problems, save
lives and help see the future.”
William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.
To read more about the current work of the Clinton Global Initiative,
KEVIN LOCKE, INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED
LAKOTA HOOP DANCER PERFORMING ARTIST
Among American Indian artists of North America, none is more famous than
Kevin Locke, Lakota hoop dancer and indigenous flute player. Locke, also
known as Tokeya Inajin, will perform his stunning dance and Native American
flute artistry on March 24, 2006 at 7:00PM in the Cutco Theater
on Jamestown Community College’s Olean Campus as part of Cultural Diversity
Charles Kuralt of CBS News has said, "Kevin Locke has restored to the world
a lovely sound. He is also a dancer of great distinction … a brilliant young
Lakota artist." The Washington Post raves, "The arts and humanities meet in
Locke’s performance nowhere more impressively than in the hoop dances, where
he crafts rhythmically entrancing, visually astounding statements about the
human condition with ever-shifting tableaux of twirling hoops."
Reared on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Locke lived
with an elderly uncle who spoke only Lakota. It was from him that Kevin got
his first training in the traditions of his culture. Kevin is an exquisite
player of the seven-note cedarwood flute. Many Lakota say he his better than
those they remember from long ago. Yet Kevin first came to national
attention as a Hoop Dancer...a brilliant performer in that ancient and
honorable Lakota tradition that uses 28 hoops in a complex and acrobatic
dance in which they twirl and intertwine to create images of the seasons, of
the Moon and Sun, of flowers, butterflies and of the Hoop of Life. Kevin has
performed his music and dance in more than 80 countries, sharing his vision
of balance, joy and human cultural diversity. Kevin Locke revisits the New
York region as he
accepted on behalf of his mother Patricia Locke, a MacArthur Fellow, international recognition
and her induction into the
Women's Hall of Fame for her ebullient humanitarian excellence.
Selected winners included U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham
Clinton, and Maya Lin.
www.kevinlocke.com "As long as women are prevented from attaining
their highest possibilities, so long will men be unable to achieve the
greatness which might be theirs", 'Abdu'l-Bahá.
INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED ANDY WONG
VISITS RIT NATIONAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF
China’s prestigious modern
dance artist and choreographer Andy Wong visited Rochester, New York and
with dance students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National
Technical Institute for the Deaf. Andy began his training in Jazz, Ballet
and Chinese dance at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.
Choreographed events involved community organizations and universities in
Hong Kong organized by The Council of Hong Kong Dance Forum.
performances address modern social concerns. "A lot of what we do is about
individuality and our identities as Asian people who live in this country.
They’re about what we feel about our environment," Wong says. "The social
issues are underneath the choreographic line. It’s not very obvious."
According to Wong,
traditional Chinese dance forms are still predominant in Hong Kong, though
modern dance with a Western bent has gained a foothold in the last decade.
He now counts 30-plus modern companies in Hong Kong. DanceArt stands out due
to its active outreach programs with children and people with disabilities.
Wong believes his company "represents a new creative force in Hong Kong.
Because we all worked with professional companies for a long time, and we’re
mature in age… and we go to different corners of society … and we bring a
lot of that back with us."
Thomas Warfield, Artist in
Residence and Choreographer at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the
Deaf invited Andy Wong to participate in his dance education workshops.
PeaceArt International, founded by Thomas Warfield, is a company of
worldwide performers facilitating greater human understanding through the
YING QUARTET WINS GRAMMY AWARD FOR BEST
CLASSICAL CROSSOVER ALBUM
The Ying Quartet, at the
University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music’s string
quartet-in-residence, garnered top honors with a Grammy Award for the Best
Classical Crossover Album “4
a collaboration with the Turtle Island String Quartet. Now in its second
decade, the Ying Quartet continues to develop ways of making artistic and
creative expression an essential part of everyday life. Selected projects
include: residency at Symphony Space in New York City, linking music with
poetry; collaboration with Da Camera of Houston to bring chamber music into
the lives of working people; and touring with the Turtle Island String
Quartet in jazz and improvisation.
Natives of Chicago, the Ying
siblings began their career as an ensemble in 1992 in the farm town of
Iowa as the first recipients of a National Endowment for the Arts grant to
support chamber music in rural America. The Ying Quartet participated fully
in the community, performing on countless occasions for audiences of six to
six hundred people in a residency so successful that it was widely
chronicled in the international media, including features in the New York
Times and on CBS Sunday Morning.
In 1999, the Ying Quartet
introduced LifeMusic, a multi-year commissioning
project supported by the Institute for American Music, designed to produce a
distinctively American string quartet repertoire. As Quartet in Residence at
the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, the Ying Quartet
plans and directs a rigorous, sequential chamber music curriculum that
integrates intensive musical instruction with training in creative
presentation and communication skills and includes practical performance
opportunities throughout the greater Rochester community. Since 2001, they
serve as the Blodgett Quartet in Residence at Harvard University.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER DR. SPENCER
WELLS LAUNCHES GENOGRAPHIC PROJECT
Remarkable DNA genetic evidence reveals without doubt that we are all
related and descended from a common African ancestor who lived only 60,000
fossil record attributes human origins in Africa, but little is known about the
great journey that took Homo sapiens to the far reaches of the Earth. When DNA is passed from one
generation to the next, most of it is reconfigured by the processes that give
each of us our individuality and uniqueness.
Components of the DNA chain remain largely intact through the generations,
altered only occasionally by mutations which become "genetic markers." These
ancestral markers allow geneticists like Dr. Spencer Wells to trace our common
evolutionary timeline back through the ages.
"The greatest history book ever written," Wells says,
"is the one hidden in our DNA."
Different ethnic populations convey distinct genetic markers. Tracing their
cultural and historical reconstruction through past
generations reveal a genetic tree on which many diverse branches
may be further examined back to their common African root.
Our genes allow us to chart the ancient human
across the continents. Through one DNA strain, living evidence attests
ancient African migrational path, penetrating India and China, and to
ultimately populate remote Australia.
shrinking world, mixing populations are scrambling genetic signals. The key
to this puzzle is acquiring genetic samples from the world's remaining
indigenous peoples whose ethnic and genetic identities are isolated.
But such distinct peoples, languages, and cultures
are quickly vanishing into a 21st century global melting pot.
The Genographic Project has established ten strategic
research laboratories around the globe. Scientists are exploring the Earth's
remote regions in a comprehensive effort to compile and archive humanity's
genetic diversity atlas.
Sir Richard Branson
pledges $3 Billion
for Energy & Climate Change,
as President Clinton and Al Gore
Former Secretary of
Albright and President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
Starbucks CEO Jim
at the 2006 Clinton Global
Kevin Locke, Lakota
Hoop of Life
Oneness of Humanity
Kevin Locke, also
Founder Andy Wong, DanceArt
and Thomas Warfield.
PeaceArt International, Founder
The Ying Quartet,
GRAMMY award winner,
for Best Classical Crossover Album,
Timothy, Janet, David and Phillip Ying
Dr. Spencer Wells
leads the Five Year Epic
sponsored by National Geographic and
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