The Case for South Sudan

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Duke Africa Initiative will sponsor a public symposium, "Food Security in Africa:  The Case for South Sudan," at Duke Divinity School on Feb. 28, featuring a keynote address by the ambassador from the Republic of South Sudan.

This cross-disciplinary conference will explore how the issue of food security in South Sudan stands at the intersection between the sciences and the humanities within the Duke community, and between culture, economics, and agriculture in the world at large.

The goal of the conference, which will be held from 1-5 p.m. in Goodson Chapel, is to foster new relationships and collaborative initiatives that will expand opportunities in education and research in Africa for Duke students and faculty. Attention will be given to the complex cultural, political, economic, and environmental issues facing South Sudan in the wake of more than 20 years of civil war. 
Dr. Akec Khoc, ambassador of the Republic of South Sudan, will give the keynote address, and Duke University President Richard Brodhead will give the welcome. Norman Wirzba, research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at the Divinity School, will moderate the conference.

Other speakers will include:

  • Charles Piot, professor of cultural anthropology, African and African American studies, and women's studies at Duke
  • Mary Eubanks, adjunct professor of biology at Duke
  • Nyuol Tong, Trinity '14, a former refugee from South Sudan and founder of the nonprofit organization Sudan Education for Liberty Foundation (SELF)
  • Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, at the Divinity School.

The Duke University Office of Global Strategy and Programs, the Hanscom Endowment, and the Divinity School are co-sponsoring the event.

Pre-registration is not required. There will be an opportunity for conversation with the speakers at a reception following the symposium; light refreshments will be served.

Email Sonja Tilley for more information.