Lost Boy Survivor Bol Aweng Speaks at MUH April 20

Miami University’s regional campuses will host a discussion titled Finding Your Ground: Art and the Refugee Experience with Bol Aweng, a survivor of the Lost Boys from South Sudan, on April 20 at 1 p.m.in Room 316 of Miami Hamilton’s Mosler Hall.

He will then speak at 4 p.m. in Room 136/137 of Miami Middletown’s Johnston Hall.

In 1987 with other Lost Boys, Aweng survived a 1,500-mile journey on foot to Ethiopia and Kenya. While in a refugee camp he developed art skills by creating from memory and imagination, using what material was available in the camp. In 2001 he came to America as a refugee, and graduated from Ohio State University in 2009 with a degree in Fine Art.

On April 20, Miami Middletown will host a fundraiser supporting the Buckeye Clinic in South Sudan titled A Journey of Hope: The Art of Bol Aweng at 5:30 p.m. in Johnston Hall. The Buckeye Clinic focuses on prenatal care, safe childbirth, and vaccinations for potentially deadly diseases such as measles and polio. Examples of Aweng’s art are available online at bolaweng.com.


For more information, call Dr. John Schaefer at 513.727.3204 or email schaefjp@miamioh.edu. Miami University Hamilton is located at 1601 University Boulevard, and Miami Middletown 4200 N. University Boulevard.

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