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speakers on Burmese issues (r)

Very good idea Cameron.  One additional useful category might be a (very 
Brief) listing of groups to whom the individual has spoken.

Larry Dohrs

On 3 Nov 1995 cameronb@xxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> From: cameronb@xxxxxxxxxxx (Cameron Beatty)
> After having problems of my own in finding a speaker who can come to my
> campus and talk about Burma issues, I've decided there's a need for some
> kind of a speakers' clearinghouse to provide names of speakers on *any* of
> the many aspects of the situation in Burma.  I have David Arnott's postings
> of organizations, but that doesn't list the particulars of potential
> speakers.  The clearinghouse I'm thinking of would be a database with
> something like the following fields:
> Name
> Address
> Phone
> Fax
> E-mail
> Affiliation
> Availability (school vacations, weekends, any time, etc)
> Presentation topic (organization, investment, Burmese history, trafficking
> of women, slavery, drugs, etc)
> Length
> Medium (talk only, slides, video, film, etc)
> Willingness to travel
> Support required (travel, accommodation, meals, honorarium, etc)
> Other (what have I left out?
> I would NOT recommend speakers or presenters.  I think it would be
> necessary for me to require that anybody I listed be an accredited
> (whatever that means--guess I'd have to decide) member of one of the
> organizations on the Arnott list, in order to keep the riffraff out, but I
> would not be able to attest to the showmanship or factual accuracy of any
> of the speakers on the list. A clearinghouse is a clearinghouse, not an
> agency.  (But I would also be willing to collect and archive and make
> available any feedback received.)
> Given the list, people wanting presenters would write me, preferably by
> e-mail, stating topic of interest, preferred dates and so forth, and I
> would send what I found in my database.  Using that information, these
> people would then make their own arrangements with the speaker.  (I can't
> imagine that it would be this simple in practice, but so far, so good.)
> If this looks like the sort of thing people are willing to support, I stand
> ready to begin collecting names and contact information.  If anybody has
> suggestions on how to organize this thing, I'd be pleased to hear them,
> too.