School of Theatre & Dance

What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur

Photos by Jennie Petuch

Creative Loafing 'Best of the Bay' Award: Best Dance Performance

St. Petersburg Times review by John Fleming

Daily Loaf review by Sally Bosco

Preview press for What the Heart Remembers:
WUSF's University Beat with Mark Schreiner
St. Petersburg Times "Hot Ticket" from John Fleming
USF Oracle newspaper article by Brenda Medina
Tampa Tribune (Kathy Greenburg)

While on a fact-finding mission to eastern Chad in June and July 2007, Waging Peace researcher Anna Schmitt was told by Darfuri refugee women how their children had witnessed horrendous events when their villages were being attacked. This prompted Anna to talk to the children. She gave the children, aged 6 to 18, paper and pencils and asked them what their dreams were for the future and what their strongest memory was.

The resulting drawings have toured the world, to raise awareness of the crisis in Darfur. In November 2007, the drawings were accepted by the International Criminal Court in the Hague as contextual evidence of the crimes committed in Darfur and as such they will be used in the trials of the accused, as a graphic illustration of the atrocities.

A selection of these drawings were exhibited at the USF Tampa Library in January of 2009.

The original 500 drawings comprise a collection to be donated by Waging Peace to the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center upon completion of exhibitions worldwide.

Rebecca Tinsley, founder of Waging Peace and Network for Africa spoke at the USF Tampa Library as the USF Libraries Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center's 2009 Lecture Series inaugural speaker.

USF professors Jeanne Travers and Fanni Green have collaborated on this original dance/theatre piece, which attempts to convey the experiences of the women and children in the refugee camps. Following each of the performances will be a symposium, each featuring a different speaker:

Nov. 16: Mogtaba Mokhtar, "Lost Boy" of Sudan and USF biochemistry alumnus
Nov. 17: Lianne Stewart, USF Social Science/Public Health student and African Student's Assoc./Caribbean Cultural Exchange member
Nov. 18: Manoug Manougian, USF Mathematics professor, co-author and associate producer of The Genocide Factor: The Human Tragedy
Rebecca Tinsley, director of Waging Peace and Network for Africa
Nov. 20 (matinee) Edward Kissi, USF Africana Studies assistant professor
Nov. 20: (evening) Musa Olaka, USF Holocaust and Genocide Studies librarian
Nov. 21: Jeanne Travers and Fanni Green, creators of What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur

What the Heart Remembers: The Women and Children of Darfur will perform Nov. 16-20 at 8pm, and Nov. 20 and 21 at 3pm, in Theatre 2. Advance tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $12 general admission; day-of-show tickets are $10 for students/seniors and $15 for general admission. Group rates are available. For information, call the College of The Arts box office at 813-974-2323, or visit online at

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