Sam Waterston Receives the Goodermote Humanitarian Award
The Goodermote Humanitarian Award was established in part to support the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response in its mission to provide high-caliber education, training and research. It also recognizes the Center and School’s commitment to vulnerable populations, including those displaced by civil unrest, war and natural disasters.
Dean Goodermote introduced this year’s recipient, Sam Waterston, and praised him for his passionate and tireless advocacy on the behalf of refugees across the globe. In addition, Soledad O’Brien, a previous recipient, contributed a video message of congratulations that was played before Waterston spoke. Waterston’s own commitment to refugees can be traced to the filming of The Killing Fields, which brought to light for him the plight of refugees. In his speech, Waterston graciously noted the work of Refugees International and its president, Michel Gabaudan, who was in the audience. He is a board member for Refugees International and is currently its vice chair. He was an important contributor to the Ken and Darcy Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement. The acclaimed actor has also put his performance experience to use narrating several human rights media projects, including On Our Watch, a documentary on genocide in Darfur.
--May 2012, Brandon Howard