4/23/2014 12:22:00 PM One World Fest continues at UW
The One World Art, Literature and Film Festival continues Monday with a three-part event, featuring food, art and a panel discussion. All activities take place on the UW-Barron County campus. Last week the festival hosted a documentary that explored the plight of three Lost Boys of Sudan who were part of a mass exodus from southern Sudan during a civil war. These people spent years wandering throughout Africa facing starvation, sickness, death and perils from wild animals. Two of the activities on Monday feature Lost Boys John Bul Dau and Bol Aweng. The day begins with A Taste of Nations from 3-6 p.m. in the commons. Hosted by the One World International Club at UW-Barron County, it features tastes of the many nations that make up the UW-Barron County student body, with dishes from Thailand, Mexico, Somalia, China, Norway, Greece, the United States and others. The event will be held under a new installation of flags representing the UW-Barron County students and staff, including several tribal nations in our area. The flags were recently donated by dean at UW-Barron County, Dean Yohnk. The Taste of Nations is followed at 6 p.m. with Two Lost Boys of Sudan, a gallery talk by artist Bol Aweng, whose paintings chronicle many of his early experiences as a refugee. The artwork A Lost Boy of Sudan: Bol Aweng, is on display in the Joel Salter Art Gallery from April 28-May 3. UW-Barron County art professor Ginnie Baer will give a brief overview of Aweng's art in the context of multicultural art in the United States and help facilitate discussion following Aweng's gallery talk. The audience will then move into the theater, where refugee/survivor John Bul Dau, author of "God Grew Tired of Us" and director of a foundation that supports a clinic in Southern Sudan, speaks and take questions from the audience. Dau will be joined on stage for questions by Aweng in a discussion that will be moderated by UW-Barron County anthropology and sociology professor Jayant Anand. All of these events are free of charge and open to the public. At 7 p.m.Wednesday, May 7, One World Art, Literature and Film Festival hosts the showing of the documentary "Being Hmong Means Being Free" in the Rice Lake Public Library. The series is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. For more information contact Lee Friederich at 715-234-8176 or by email at "firstname.lastname@example.org."