South Sudan—How Education Can Change a Generation
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:00pm

University Studies' Race and Social Justice Dialogues Present

South Sudan—How Education Can Change a Generation
Valentino Achak Deng


Tuesday, April 17
Noon to 1 p.m.
Multicultural Center 
Room 228, Smith Memorial Student Union
1825 SW Broadway


Valentino Achak Deng is an advocate for the right to universal education and sustainable development. Deng grew up in Southern Sudan where he was separated from his family during the Second Sudanese Civil War (1983-2005). He then lived in Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya for nine years where he received his education and began his public service career. In 2001 he resettled in Atlanta and has since toured the United States and Europe speaking about his life in Sudan, his experience as a refugee, and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on What Is the What, the novelized version of Deng’s life story.

In 2006, Deng and Eggers established the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation to help rebuild Sudanese communities by increasing access to educational opportunities. The foundation’s focus is on quality education, vocational training, sustainable development, and girls’ education. Despite Deng’s hardships, he maintains an unwavering, positive outlook on South Sudan and believes the solution lies in increased education and knowledge of human rights and improved economic opportunities.

For more information about the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, please click here:

This event is hosted by PSU University Studies and Pan-African Commons.