Courtesy of KSU Media Relations
ANTI-SLAVERY ACTIVIST TO KICK OFF K-STATE’S 2009-2010 LOU DOUGLAS LECTURE SERIES
MANHATTAN — Anti-slavery activist Simon Deng will launch Kansas State University’s 2009-2010 Lou Douglas Lecture Series on Public Issues with “21st Century Slavery: Living Proof” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in the K-State Student Union’s Forum Hall.
The lecture is free and the public is invited.
Deng was forced into slavery when he was 9 years old. As a slave in the northern region of Sudan, his tasks included watching his master’s cattle and cleaning dishes. He was given food scraps to eat, slept on straw and endured regular beatings. After his owners insisted he convert to Islam so he may become accepted as their son, Deng escaped.
“Many K-State students have shown an interest in global issues, particularly related to human rights and human trafficking,” said Linda Teener, executive director of UFM, the group that organizes the Lou Douglas Lecture Series. “Simon Deng will provide invaluable firsthand insight into these areas from his personal experience.”
Today, Deng is an American citizen and lobbies for the end of slavery across the globe.
**For anyone currently enrolled in Professor Kershner’s ‘Cultures of Africa’ course (and everyone else, for that matter), this lecture would make an excellent complement to the text “They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys From Sudan.”