2004 Volume 1, Edition 1
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> Daniel Pearl Music Day: Global Concerts
Carry Note of Tolerance - See Movies
> Daniel Pearl Fellow at the Wall Street
> NPR's Daniel Schorr to Speak at Daniel
Pearl Lecture Series - Feb. 4
> Jewish-Muslim Dialogue Forum Launched
> Press Under Fire Symposiums Initiated
> Queen Noor Joins Honorary Board
> DPF Hires New Executive Director
> We Appreciate Your Support!
> Other News
Daniel Pearl Music
Day: Global Concerts Carry Note of Tolerance
In the spirit of Danny's love of music
and commitment to dialogue, the Second
Annual Daniel Pearl Music Day saw musicians
in 29 countries dedicate 230 concerts
with the message of "Harmony for Humanity."
The concerts were held on and around October
10, 2003 which would have been Danny's
40th birthday. See the slide
show of 2003 concerts. Among the notable
artists on the 2003 Music Day Honorary
Committee were Sir Elton John, Salman
Ahmad, Barbra Streisand, Yo-Yo Ma, Herbie
Hancock, Ravi Shankar, and Itzhak Perlman.
See Elton John's video invitation
to join Music Day or see the full listing
Daniel Pearl Fellow
at the Wall Street Journal
Mr. Fasih Ahmed, an editor for the Lahore,
Pakistan-based Friday Times and Daily
Times, was the DPF's first Daniel
Pearl Fellow. The Daniel Pearl Fellowship
was established by the DPF in partnership
with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships
to bring Pakistani journalists to the
United States to work with Danny's colleagues
and get to know the U.S. press from the
inside. From June to November 2003, Fasih
Ahmed wrote for the Wall Street Journal's
Washington DC bureau, where Danny worked
from 1993 to 1996. This was the first
such Fellow at the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Ahmed also spent the first week of
December at the Jewish Journal in Los
Angeles, CA. The DPF will expand the program
in 2004/2005 to two Daniel Pearl Fellows
from South Asia, the Middle East, or North
Africa in two U.S. newsrooms. Visit Alfred
Friendly Press Fellowships for more
NPR's Daniel Schorr
to Speak at Daniel Pearl Lecture Series
Daniel Schorr, senior news analyst at
National Public Radio, will deliver the
second Daniel Pearl Lecture Series in
Journalism and International Relations
at the University of California at Los
Angeles (UCLA) on February 4, 2004. The
event developed by DPF and Hillel at UCLA
features journalists who have contributed
original analysis or constructive approaches
to problems of international concern.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Last year, New York Times foreign affairs
columnist Thomas Friedman gave the inaugural
lecture on "American Foreign Policy and
the Middle East" to an overflowing hall.
See this year's announcement
for more information.
A series of interfaith public dialogues
have been initiated between DPF President
Judea Pearl and Professor Akbar S. Ahmed,
Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at
American University in Washington DC,
and author of "Islam Under Siege" (2003).
"Towards Interfaith Understanding: A Journey
Through Dialogue" took place on October
23, 2003 in Pittsburgh, sponsored by the
American Jewish Committee. "Choosing Hope:
A Dialogue in Search of Common Ground"
will take place on January 20, 2004 in
Philadelphia. Forums are planned for Detroit,
San Francisco and other cities in 2004.
Read about the dialogues.
For more information or to attend the
Philadelphia meeting contact Ilana Wilensik
at 215.665.2300 or [email protected].
Press Under Fire
In early 2003, the DPF and schools of
journalism organized "Press Under Fire"
symposiums, where panelists reflected
on the risks that journalists around the
world continue to face. Events were held
in New York, Boston, Paris, and Jerusalem.
If you or your organization would like
to host a "Press Under Fire" discussion
for February 2004, please contact Marianne
Scott at [email protected]. See the
memorial observances page for information.
New Addition to
the DPF Honorary Board
Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan has joined
Board of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
We issue her a warm welcome and thank
her in particular for her commitment to
children, the arts, education and cross-cultural
Hires New Executive Director
Marianne Scott, a Stanford University
classmate and friend of Daniel Pearl's
became the DPF's executive director in
September 2003. Ms. Scott brings to the
DPF a great deal of experience in international
exchange, cross-cultural work, international
policy, and nonprofit management. She
spent 16 years as a career diplomat, serving
in Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya and Washington
DC. Most recently she was the deputy executive
director of the American Committees on
Foreign Relations. She is the author of
"A Citizen's Guide to Global Economic
Policymaking" (League of Women Voters
2003.) Ms. Scott is fluent in Spanish
and is based in Washington, DC. She can
be reached at [email protected].
The Daniel Pearl Foundation is grateful
to the many volunteers and supporters
who are sustaining Danny's hopes and dreams
of tolerance and understanding. Most of
our funding comes from the generosity
of individual donors and foundations.
To see our list of major donors and support
us with donations, visit our online donations
page. Thank you for helping us create
a better world!
Winners Announced for Daniel Pearl
Youth Writing Contest
More than 500 students nationwide responded
to the challenge to write about cultural
intolerance or an incident of hatred they
experienced and to offer suggestions on
promoting respect and tolerance. Congratulations
to the winners!
Honored with Two Prestigious Awards
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was honored
as a 2002 Search for Common Ground award
winner and with the 2003 Roger E.
Joseph Prize for its "distinctive contribution
Services Mark Anniversary of the Death
of Daniel Pearl
In February 2003, the DPF encouraged those
who wished to remember Danny to organize
or attend an interfaith memorial service
as a demonstration of solidarity against
terrorism and intolerance. Thousands around
the world attended services, concerts,
and discussions, while another 70,000
people lit virtual candles in Danny's
memory as part of the Simon Wiesenthal
Center's Internet campaign. We welcome
the continuation of interfaith memorials
for the second anniversary, February 21,
2004. See the DPF annual
memorial observances page for information.
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