[tforum] FW: Watch the "Afghanistan and Women's Rights: A Conversation with Suraya Pakzad" LIVE webstream next week!

Joe Breen Joe.Breen at utah.edu
Tue Feb 24 12:40:43 MST 2009

FYI, for those that might have an interest...

From: Heather Weisse [mailto:hweisse at magpi.net]
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 12:11 PM
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Cc: Aldo Magazzeni
Subject: Watch the "Afghanistan and Women's Rights: A Conversation with Suraya Pakzad" LIVE webstream next week!


In Celebration of Women's History Month, MAGPI, Traveling Mercies and Penn Video Network at the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce "AFGHANISTAN AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS: A CONVERSATION WITH SURAYA PAKZAD." In a live, interactive videoconference, 17 high schools across Pennsylvania and New Jersey will be hearing from and talking with Suraya Pakzad, Founder of the Voice of Women Organization. Although we do not have space for any more interactive videoconference sites, we will be streaming this event LIVE over the Internet and Internet2 via a Real Player webstream. We hope you can 'tune in' and watch! Connection instructions are at the end of this email.

A program description and event outline can be found below.

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AFGHANISTAN AND WOMEN'S RIGHTS: A Conversation with Suraya Pakzad
March 11, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Target Age Levels: High School Students
More Information: http://www.magpi.net/programs/pakzad.html

Program Description:

Suraya Pakzad of Afghanistan, entered into an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen years old, and by the time she was sixteen, was the mother of two children.  Suraya is now 37 years old and has raised a family of six children.  However, with all of these personal challenges and responsibilities she has dedicated her life to helping  the women of Afghanistan by starting schools in private homes during the Taliban period, creating vocational training for women in prisons, and establishing safe shelter homes for abused women which offer medical, psychological and legal assistance.  Suraya and her organization are dedicated to their cause and every day live with the threats of violence and kidnapping of themselves and family members. Join us to hear her real life stories and be inspired by her dedication and grace!

Program Outline
12:40 p.m. - 12:50 p.m. EST

Site Connections: Audio/Video testing for interactive videoconference sites

1:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m. EST


1:05 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. EST

Site Introductions: Each interactive videoconference site will have 30 seconds to introduce themselves. Please share the name of your school, where you are located and what you hope to learn as part of this videoconference.

1:10 p.m. - 1:12 p.m. EST

Introduction of Ms. Suraya Pakzad
Aldo Magazzeni, Traveling Mercies

1:12 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. EST

Presentation by Ms. Suraya Pakzad

1:35 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. EST

Questions and Answer Session: During this time, we will call on INTERACTIVE VIDEOCONFERENCE SITES in alphabetical order to ask a question. Each site will have an opportunity to ask one question, and then we will move onto the next site. If time permits, we will repeat the cycle. Students should prepare questions ahead of time and should be at the microphone, ready to ask their question, prior to the moderator calling on our site.

1:55 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST

Wrap-Up/Concluding Remarks

How to Access the LIVE Webstream

This event will be shown LIVE, in its entirety via a Real Player Webstream at: http://beansidhe.isc-net.upenn.edu:8080/ramgen/encoder/pakzad.rm

The live stream link will be available at 12:45 p.m. on March 11, 2009, with content beginning at 1:00 p.m. If you'd like to test your ability to connect to a test stream, please see instructions below.

Technical Requirements for getting the RealPlayer stream:

To view the Internet webcast, your computer must have RealPlayer (version 8 or higher). RealPlayer is available for free from http:// www.real.com/. Visit this site and follow the instructions to download and install the "RealPlayer - Free" option.

To test RealPlayer on your computer prior to the March 11 event, click on the link below (or copy and paste it into your web browser) to watch an archived video of commencement exercises from the University of Pennsylvania:


 More Information: http://www.magpi.net/programs/pakzad.html

Heather Weisse Walsh
MAGPI Applications Coordinator
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 233A
Philadelphia, PA 19104
e: hweisse at magpi.net
p: 215-573-6417
aim: magpik20

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