Carleton and CBC News’s Evan Solomon Hosting Live Video Conference with Aung San Suu Kyi

CBC News’s Evan Solomon, host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, as well as CBC Radio One’s The House, will be on hand as Carleton University and the Canadian Friends of Burma host a live video conference with Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma – the first time that she will interact with a Canadian audience.

Members of the public and media are invited to attend this exciting event on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Carleton’s Porter Hall, University Centre.

The video conference via Skype will begin with a welcome from Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte. Solomon will invite Suu Kyi to make a statement and conduct an interview with her before fielding questions from the audience.

Suu Kyi is Burma’s pro-democracy leader and a Nobel Peace Prize winner who has become an international symbol of peaceful resistance in the Asian country formerly known as Burma.  She spent most of the last 20 years in some form of detention because of her efforts to bring democracy to the military-ruled nation. She was finally released on Nov. 13, 2010. She is currently running for a seat in the April parliamentary byelections.

Aung San Suu Kyi has won numerous international awards, including the Rafto Human Rights Prize (1990), the Nobel Peace Prize (1991), the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought (1990) from the European Parliament and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000). In 2007, the Canadian government made her an honorary Canadian citizen, one of only five people to ever receive the honour.  Carleton University gave her an honorary degree last year.

Media wishing to attend the event should register with Beth Gorham, manager of public affairs, at Beth_Gorham@carleton.ca or 613-520-2600, ext. 2234.

About Evan Solomon:
Two-time Gemini Award-winning journalist Evan Solomon is the anchor of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics with Evan Solomon, as well as CBC Radio One’s The House.  Before that, Solomon co-hosted the Gemini Award-winning weekly news and current affairs shows CBC News: Sunday and CBC News: Sunday Night. During this run, he reported from all over Canada and around the world, on stories ranging from federal elections to the tsunami to piracy in the Persian Gulf. Throughout his career, Solomon has interviewed many key political players, from Prime Ministers, world leaders and a U.S. President, to the Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger and Kofi Anan, among others. He has covered federal elections for CBC News: Sunday and been part of The National’s federal election night coverage. His documentaries about the economic meltdown, such as “The Great Wall Street Swindle”, foresaw much of what happened over the last year. He was the first Canadian journalist inside Iran following the death of Zarah Kazemi, where he reported on the political instability before the last election. Solomon was also one of the first Canadian journalists inside Guantanamo Bay prison and reported from Banda Aceh in Indonesia just after the Tsunami hit.

About Carleton University:
Located in the nation’s capital, Carleton University is a dynamic research and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its internationally recognized faculty, staff and researchers provide more than 25,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more than 65 programs of study, including public affairs, journalism, film studies, engineering, high technology, and international studies. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary and international approach to research has led to many significant discoveries and creative works in science and technology, business, governance, public policy and the arts. As an innovative institution Carleton is uniquely committed to developing solutions to real-world problems by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding daily.

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For more information:
Chris Cline
Media Relations Co-ordinator
Carleton University
613-520-2600, ext. 1391
christopher_cline@carleton.ca