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Darfur crisis focus of upcoming panel discussion

Friday, March 28, 2008

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Media Contact: Susan Slupecki

ARLINGTON - A refugee from war-torn Darfur will take part in a panel discussion at The University of Texas at Arlington at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in room 100 of Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates St.

The discussion is aimed at helping raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur. Refugee Ismail Abrahim will be joined on the panel by Dr. Alusine Jalloh, director of the Africa Program at UT Arlington, and Victoria Smith, a human rights activist who has worked in Chad refugee camps twice during the past year. The panel is being moderated by Dr. Rick Halperin, director of the human rights program at SMU.

The panel is the culmination of a month-long set of programs sponsored by UT Arlington’s Freshman Leaders on Campus (FLOC) that included related events such as a documentary film screening, service projects and a gallery display. The inspiration for the programming came from this year’s OneBook theme: prejudice. OneBook is a program for all UT Arlington freshmen, who will study, discuss, and write about the same book in their first semester English composition classes, freshman seminars, and selected other classes. FLOC wanted to bring to light a contemporary instance of prejudice to aid students in understanding how to confront these challenges in their own world and take action. The panel discussion is free and open to all.

For more information, visit the FLOC Web site at


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