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Invisible Children event spotlights plight of Ugandan children


September 15, 2010

The harrowing experiences of children in Northern Uganda, hiding during the night to avoid being forced to become soldiers, will be the focus of a film and discussion at Arizona State University’s West campus.

The national organization Invisible Children will present its interactive event “face to face,” featuring a documentary film screening and a discussion led by a guest speaker from Uganda who lived through that African country’s civil war. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m., Sept. 22, in the University Center Building’s La Sala ballroom on the West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. It is free and open to the public (visitor parking on campus costs $2 per hour).

The Office of Student Engagement on the West campus invited Invisible Children to campus as part of ASU’s Four Realms of Discovery series.

“We are committed to giving students, faculty, staff and members of the local community the chance to learn about important issues around the world and how they can make a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Katie Shin, coordinator in the Office of Student Engagement.

In addition to the “face to face” event, Student Engagement is sponsoring a drive that is seeking donations of books, especially textbooks, to help further the education of Ugandan students. Books may be dropped off at the Sept. 22 event, or prior to the event on the Fletcher Library Lawn or in the Office of Student Engagement, room 320 of the University Center Building.

For more information, call (602) 543-8200.