The evening's focus will be on the nearly 200 detainees who remain in Guantanamo Bay a year after President Obama initiated efforts to close the Cuban detention center.
Actor-director Fisher Stevens will screen archival footage and direct live performances of testimonies read by actors James Spader, Liev Schreiber, Juliana Margulies, Mariska Hargitay and Matt Dillon.
The readings and film will punctuate a panel discussion that will look at the history of America's relationship to war abuse, featuring former CIA Officer Valerie Plame Wilson, retired Iraq commander Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, author and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind, author and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, and executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Vince Warren.
According to press notes, "The evening will assemble some of the nation's leading and influential voices to debate the unparalleled events, policies and circumventions of the past administration—urging policy makers, the military, and world citizens to craft a decisive moral response to torture capable of restoring both America's dignity and standing throughout the international community."
The event will be streamed live by FORA.tv and will become available on demand immediately after its conclusion. The Skirball Center is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South. Tickets are available online at http://skirballcenter.nyu.edu/calendar/blueprint_for_accountability or by phone at (212) 352-3101 or (866) 811-4111. To watch the live stream of the event, visit http://fora.tv/live/Culture_Project/Torture_Accountability_Dark_Side. For more information, visit cultureproject.org.