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Global Awareness Conference to feature Bol Deng, Minhas as speakers

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     SUNY Oswego's annual Hart Global Awareness Conference on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 and 9, will feature two keynote speakers, one each night.

     At 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in Room 132 of the Campus Center, conference attendees will hear an update from Gabriel Bol Deng, a "lost boy of Sudan" who was keynote speaker in 2010, his education- and health-opportunities work in the new African nation of South Sudan.

     The second keynote, at 7 p.m. Saturday in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall, will feature Jessica Minhas, an expert on human trafficking as well as an entrepreneur, TV host and producer specializing in cultural and media impact on women.

    Both talks are free and open to the public. Parking for those without a campus-parking sticker is $1. For more information, visit

     In 2007, 20 years after his harrowing escape from Sudanese militants, Bol Deng returned to his homeland, a journey documented in the upcoming film "Rebuilding Hope." He founded Helping Offer Primary Education (HOPE) for Sudan with a mission to provide educational opportunities and health services to South Sudanese people adversely affected by political turmoil.

     Minhas, who has worked in advocacy and on behalf of sex-trafficking survivors as well as numerous humanitarian organizations, has become an expert analyst on child labor and exploitation, youth advocacy and overcoming abuse. She is developing an open-media platform called "I'll Go First" that invites individuals to tell their own stories of survivorship without revictimizing them. Her talk is titled "Finding Your Purpose and Your Voice."

     For more information on the Hart Global Awareness Conference, visit

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