Tuesday, October 30, 2007

6:30 p.m.

Location: American University's Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

4200 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20016

Closest metro: Tenleytown/AU

Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

In partnership with: American University School of Communication, Washington College of Law Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, ENOUGH, Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Committee on Conscience

Moderated by: Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Panelists:

Dave Eggers is the author of What Is the What, a novel focusing on the harrowing tale of real-life hero Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee from the Sudanese civil war of the 1980s and 1990s who joined the thousands of other 'Lost Boys' fleeing the conflict. Eggers also is founder of the quarterly literary journal McSweeney's and the Voice of Witness series of oral histories.

For more on What Is the What, click here

For more on Dave Eggers, click here

Karim Chrobog is the founder of 18th Street Films, a Washington, D.C.-based film company dedicated to bringing compelling stories from around the world to international audiences. His forthcoming documentary War Child focuses on Emmanuel Jal, a former Sudanese child soldier who is an emerging hip-hop star with a message of peace for his battered homeland and beyond.

For more about the film War Child, click here

Jen Marlowe, a filmmaker and Pulitzer Center-sponsored journalist, this summer accompanied three "Lost Boys" on their first return to the South Sudan villages they fled from nearly two decades ago. Her reporting with fellow Pulitzer Center journalist David Morse looks at connections between the conflict in South Sudan and other parts of Sudan, including Darfur, probing the larger questions of identity and ethnicity. Jen's Sudan work includes the documentary Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, and the companion book Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.

For more on her Jen Marlowe's Darfur work, click here

For more about the film Rebuilding Hope, click here

Project

Gabriel Deng, Koor Garang and Garang Mayuol, Southern Sudanese "Lost Boys" in the U.S., were forced to flee Sudan as children when their villages were attacked in 1987, finding safety for a time in a refugee camp in Ethiopia until needing to flee once more, this time to Kakuma camp in Kenya. Since leaving Sudan, they have scarcely been able to obtain news about their villages or families.

Recently

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Jennifer McDonald, Jen Marlowe
Materials for teachers and students ahead of filmmaker Jen Marlowe's visit.