This sounds like the coolest event ever. And I missed it.
The United Nations and the Sci-Fi Channel organized a conference to discuss parallels between Battlestar Galactica and human rights issues in the real world. Everyone was there- Mary McDonnell, Edwards James Olmos, Ronald D. Moore...and it was moderated by Whoopi Goldberg!
And if that isn't awesome enough, check out this eyewitness account:
At one point the discussion lit a fire under the Admiral, and the talk of human rights turned personal for Edward James Olmos. The "Old Man" launched into a passionate speech about casting off the idea of race as a cultural determinant, and said we were one race, the human race. His voice echoed throughout the chamber growing louder until - I kid you not - he was yelling, "So Say We All," and the crowd answered right back. Hell, even I yelled it, I was in the frakking United Nations with Adama, the gods themselves could not have stopped this moment. It was surreal - the entire audience turned into one massive optimistic/role-playing/saddened goosebump, because who knows when we'll ever hear those words again? And then we were doubly geeked out when, as if on cue, Mary McDonnell turned to Olmos and put her hand on his cheek. But the real chills came from realizing that this treasured television show had actually opened up the lines of communication between the audience and the United Nations. BSG has made people think about the troubling deeds happening in darkened rooms in the present day, not just on a spaceship in the future.
Wow. I've always said BSG was one of the smartest shows about politics and society on TV. And I guess this proves it.
But seriously, who do I need to sleep with to get tickets for this stuff? Is there some secret "mailing list of awesome" I need to join? Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated.