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NU Students 4 Giving: Emmanuel Jal Events OCT 21-25


 Emmanuel Jal is a Sudanese "lost boy" who was forced to become a child soldier at the age of 7. He was among a handful of children who survived a months-long escape through the desert. Today, he is a global hip hop star, author, actor, political activist, and humanitarian who uses music to promote peace and human rights. His We Want Peace campaign was launched with a video featuring Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keyes, Ringo Starr, George Clooney, and Kofi Annan. His TED talk provides a preview of what Northeastern students can expect when he visits us in October.



                4  -- 5 PM                     Emmanual Jal: A Concert for Peace * 
                                                              Curry Ballroom, Curry Student Center                                
                                                              followed by book signing


               9 -- 10 AM                    Emmanuel Jal: A Conversation on Human Rights *    
                                                               Dockser 240, NU School of Law
                                                               65 Forsythe Street   With Northeastern Professors:
                                                               Aziza Ahmed (School of Law), 
                                                               Lori Lefkovitz (CSSH), and
                                                               Gordana Rabrenovic (CSSH)

               12 -- 1 PM                   Emmanuel Jal: Music, Movement and Self-Empowerment *
                                                               Cabral Center, 
                                                               John D. O'Bryant African American Institute,
                                                               40 Leon Street  (Activewear recommended)         


               12 -- 1::30 PM            Boston Healing
                                                               450 Dodge Hall
                                                               A panel of scholars and practitioners from
                                                               Northeastern University and Boston organizations 
                                                               reflect on the Boston Marathon bombing 
                                                               six months later.


                2:15 - 3:15 PM         Reflections on Peace
                                                               Sacred Space, Ell Hall, 2nd floor
                                                               An interfaith conversation about traditions
                                                               and stories of peach, hosted by the
                                                               Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service

Those with an (*) require reservations at

In partnership with Northeastern University's

Human Services Program

School of Law / Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy

University Honors Program

Northeastern Center for the Arts

John D. O'Bryant African American Institute

Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service

Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict

with Thanks to the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust


More information

Emmanuel Jal

Artist page at NPR with interview, features and performances 

Global Voices    Emmanuel Jal raps for peace

TED Talk—The Music of a War Child

CNN: War child fights for a better future 

Child Soldiers

Child Soldiers: Understanding the Context 

Council on Foreign Relations   Use the search box on the home page and then limit by region.

Human Rights Watch

United Nations on  Children and Armed Conflict   amd  Basic Report on child solders


Hip Hop

Hip Hop and Social Change Around the World: an Interview with Nomadic Wax

Media That Matters documentary--Rapping at Fear

Workshop at the 4th International Music Council World Forum on Music

        Hip Hop as a Tool for Social Change 
WGBH. Basic Black. Hip-Hop Culture and Social Justice, Part 1 and Part 2


Human Rights and the Global Economy

2011- Human Rights and the Global Economy - Keynote: Olivier De Schutter | The New School (Center for Public Scholarship)

Human Rights Watch. Business: Rights at Risk in the Global Economy.

 On the Margins of Profit: Rights at Risk in the Global Economy. Report jointly prepared by Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice


The Lost Boys of the Sudan

CBS. Sixty Minutes. March 31, 2013. The Lost Boys, part one.

NPR. "Lost Boys of Sudan" Finally Find a Home broadcast June 13, 2005.

New York Times. June 30, 2012. New Wave of "Lost Boys" Flee Sudan's Lingering War

Unicef. The State of the World's Children 1996 report includes The Lost Boys of Sudan



CIA World Factbook article on Sudan

Historical maps accessible through the Afriterra Foundation

SEDAC (Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center) hosted by CIESIN and Columbia University.

United Nations Mission in the Sudan

Use the search box on the BBC News website for the latest on the Sudan

World Bank Data and Research: Sudan


Emmanuel Jal Campaigns for  

 We Want Peace  and video

 Gua Africa with video

Voices of Youth

Amnesty International



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