A Journey into East Africa: Youth Empowerment and Changing the World
Plymouth, N.H. – Bryan Funk, a Plymouth State University senior English major with a minor in peace and justice studies, will share philosophical considerations and tales of people who have triumphed in the face of the most unfathomable odds, February 28 at 7 p.m. at the Silver Center. Funk’s talk, presented by the Sidore Lecture Series, is based on a recent trip to Uganda as a volunteer at the Boosona Primary School in rural Jinja and in the Nsyambia slum in Kampala.
Funk says, “We live in a world that is constantly changing and shrinking. Humanity is faced with overwhelming odds and challenges that, at times, seem impossible to overcome.” A Journey into East Africa: Youth Empowerment and Changing the World gives light to the philosophy that we as individuals can indeed make a difference in the world. It expands on ideas of how to live a fulfilling and meaningful life through service and commitment to humanity.
As a high school senior, Funk and some friends embraced social responsibility. They educated their community and ran a fundraiser concentrated on the atrocities in Sudan. Their effort raised $21,000 for refugee camps in Darfur.
At PSU Funk founded a student organization, “Ending Genocide Around the World,” to continue advocacy and fundraising to aid Eastern African non-governmental organizations. Over the past four years, Funk has been involved with “Invisible Children,” an organization that rebuilds war-torn schools in Northern Uganda and raises awareness of the child soldier conflict in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In April 2010, Funk received PSU’s Presidential Leadership Award. The theme for the 2010-2011 Sidore Lecture Series is “Visions for a Better World.” The speakers in this year’s series seek to inspire audience members to find ways to become involved and effect change to help make a better world for all people.
Other series lecturers this semester will be Robert Bohm, April 4, speaking on “Do We Need the Death Penalty?” Jennifer Bailey, April 18, speaking on “Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis,” and Sean Esbjörn-Hargens, May 2, speaking on “Integral Ecology: Things are Simultaneously Getting Worse, Getting Better and are Already Perfect.”
All Sidore events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth.
Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2878) or (800) 779-3869.
Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments.
For lecture series information, call Professor Mark Fischler, (603) 535-3143.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State University in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.
Series information can be found online at plymouth.edu/sidore.
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