“Lost Boy of Sudan” John Bul Dau to Lecture at USF tonight


File this one under humans who help you put your first-world problems in perspective.

When his Sudanese village was attacked in 1987, John Bul Dau began a journey of hardship along with thousands of other boys, who became known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. As the latest speaker in the student-run University Lecture Series at the University of South Florida, Dau will share his story of perseverance against all odds, success in the United States and his work as a social entrepreneur tonight at 8 p.m. in the Marshall Student Center on the USF Tampa campus. The lecture will be followed by a meet and greet with the audience.

As one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Dau was featured in the 2006 award-winning documentary God Grew Tired of Us, about three of the boys who fled Sudan and, ultimately, moved to the United States. Today Dau is pursuing a degree in policy studies at Syracuse University while actively supporting the work of four non-profit organizations he founded to help his countrymen living here in the U.S. and in Sudan.

Recognizing the need for healthcare, Dau was instrumental in building the successful Duk Lost Boys Clinic in his home village and has plans to replicate it in other parts of the country. His South Sudan Institute is focused on creating sustainable self-sufficiency projects for returning refugees in communities throughout South Sudan by encompassing teacher training, peace and reconciliation training and agricultural training. Dau has earned many awards for his public achievements and charitable work.

The free lecture will be presented in the Marshall Student Center’s Plaza Room (MSC 2708) on the second floor. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. For more information and the audience policy, visit uls.usf.edu.