From Cheraine Stanford-Producer/Co-Director:
On the third day of the conference, I showed Episode 3 and talked about some of the challenges of creating the episode. It was quite a unique experience to show Episode 3 in this region. The violence depicted in the segment about the former Yugoslavia and the Dayton Peace Accords was a reality for the people in the room. I had the opportunity to talk with some people whose lives were directly affected by the conflicts. It served as a humbling reminder that the stories we show are about real people with real, sometimes painful experiences and we should never forget that.
We were lucky enough to be joined by Colonel Todd Brown, the Defense Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Macedonia. He watched The Geospatial Revolution with the group and observed the morning's training sessions. After seeing the workshop in action, Colonel Brown asked geographer Douglas Swanson (Head of the US Delegation for the workshop) and I to present The Geospatial Revolution and information about GIS at the nearby American Corner Macedonia (ACM) on Thursday. The corner is an information center that houses reading material for research about the United States and hosts events and presentations throughout the year. According to the Embassy website, "this Corner is a partnership between the Public Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, the Municipality of Struga, and the nonprofit organization Macedonian American Alumni Association (MAAA)."
It is very short notice to get people to come out to such an event, but we leave Macedonia on Thursday so that was the only day available. We'll have to see how it goes!
Cheraine Stanford-Producer/Co-Director, The Geospatial Revolution