Ajak Deng, former Lost Boy, to Speak at Cazenovia College

Event Date(s): 
Monday, April 8, 2013 - 3:30pm
Washburn Lecture with Ajak Deng

Cazenovia College’s Washburn Lecture Series will present Ajak Deng, a survivor of Sudan’s long civil war, speaking of his personal story and his hopes for the future. The lecture, titled “Sudan's Unending Civil Wars: The Inescapable Fight for Survival,” will be held in McDonald Lecture Hall, Eckel Hall on Lincklaen St., on Monday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

From 1983 – 2005 the country of Sudan engaged in what was essentially a civil war, with soldiers from northern Sudan attacking villages in the southern part of the country. About 20,000 children, Ajak Deng among them, were separated from their parents, and in many cases orphaned, as a result of those attacks. Many of those children came to the United States.

Deng settled in Sault St. Marie, Michigan, where he attended Sault Area High School. He graduated in 2002 and went on to earn undergraduate degrees in sociology and human services at Lake Superior State University. He recently completed a Master’s degree in sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He plans to earn a doctorate and return to the newly established independent country of South Sudan to teach.

More information is available in this MSNBC article (pdf) and this article from SooEveningNews.

The Washburn Distinguished Lecture was created by Margery A. Pinet, professor emerita, to honor the memory of her parents, the Rev. Gordon H. and Mrs. Dorothy M. Washburn.

For information about the lecture, contact Donald McCrimmon at 315-655-7117 or damccrimmon@cazenovia.edu.


Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college near Syracuse, N.Y., offering a comprehensive liberal arts education in an exceptional community environment, with academic and co-curricular programs devoted to developing leaders in their professional fields. Cazenovia, named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction.