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UVU Honored Guest to Speak on Crisis in Sudan

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November 17, 2009
For Immediate Release

For more information: Maryna Storrs (801) 863-8897
University Marketing & Communications: Erin Spurgeon, (801) 863-6807
Written by: Chelsey Richardson (801) 863-8504

As part of its Global Engagement Week, Utah Valley University will host the Honorable Ezekial Lol Gatkuoth of the Southern Sudan Mission to address this crucial period in Sudan’s history in a lecture entitled “Sudan: Before and After 2011: Understanding the Critical Factors Shaping the Future of Sudan.”

“We have often heard of the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, and now we can hear directly from one of the warriors who actually fought in that country,” said Rusty Butler, UVU associate vice president of international affairs and diplomacy. “This is a rare opportunity for students to engage with one of the architects of democracy in that war-torn part of the world.”

Gatkuoth is the Head of Mission for the Government of Southern Sudan Mission to the United States in Washington, DC., and the former Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement Representative to the United States. He was trained and served as a soldier in the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army and received a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from the University of Maryland College Park. Gatkuoth advocates for democratic transformation in the Sudan, implementation of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement, development for Southern Sudan and an immediate end to the crisis in Darfur.

National elections in Sudan are scheduled for April 2010 and a referendum for Southern Sudan and Abyei is scheduled for January 2011. Genocide continues in the Darfur region of Sudan and the International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar Al- Bashir. Gatkuoth’s lecture will provide students and the local community with an opportunity to learn how these and other important events are affecting Sudan and the Horn of Africa.

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in the UVU Library, room 506. For more information about Global Engagement Week, please visit http://www.uvu.edu/intlaffairs/events/global.html.

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