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CLP - River of Life: How a Lost Boy Found His True Home
The Department of Politics & International Affairs and the Furman Humanities Center presents the incredible true story of Deng Majok Chol, one of the "Lost Boys of Sudan."

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Mar 8, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Deng Majok Chol
Deng Majok Chol is a South Sudanese national, a co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan (U.S.A). He has worked on humanitarian issues affecting refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. He received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School and holds an MBA from George Washington University. He also received a B.S. in Political Science & Economics from Arizona State University. He is currently a PhD student at Oxford University. In 1987 at age 10, Deng had to flee his home country of Sudan in the middle of the night. Along with many other boys, he marched thousands of miles to find refuge at a camp in Kenya. These boys had to flee Sudan because they were the targets of killings by militant forces. Many of his friends died during the flight as a result of attacks by wild animals. Deng survived and along with the other survivors these boys came to be known as “The Lost Boys of Sudan. ”
Donald L. Gordon
Professor of Political Science, Furman University; Executive Director, The Riley Institute
Dr. Gordon specializes in African and Middle Eastern Politics. He has conducted research in, led study abroad programs, or traveled extensively in 26 African countries. In addition, he received Fulbright grants for study or research in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cote d’ Ivoire and Cameroon. His textbook, Understanding Contemporary Africa, is said to be the most frequently purchased text of its kind on Africa. Since 1999, Dr. Gordon has served as Executive Director of The Riley Institute at Furman. Under his direction, The Riley Institute has grown to include the Centers for Education Policy and Leadership, Diversity Strategies, and Critical Issues all designed to address issues critical to the future of South Carolina. On leave from Furman, he served as a Chief of Staff and Committee Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Gordon received BA/BS degrees from the University of South Florida and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science from the University of Florida.