Brueggeman Center

February Events | February 9, 2009


Two events will be offered by Xavier University’s Brueggeman Center for Dialogue in February which are free and open to the public. For more information please call 513-745-3922 or
On February 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center at Xavier’s Cintas Center, the Brueggeman Center will present “The Tragedy of Darfur and Sudan: A Dialogue with Omer Ismail and Simon Deng.” Darfur and the Southern Sudan are among the most devastated areas on the planet. Join in a conversation with Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave, and Omer Ismail, a native of Darfur, to discuss what we can and should be doing to address this inhuman situation. Ismail is the spokesperson for the Darfur Union and cofounder of Darfur Peace and Development. He has lived as a refugee in the United States since 1989. Deng is a Sudanese refugee and a survivor of child slavery. Now an American citi­zen, he leads the fight against genocide in Sudan, speaking internationally and meeting with world leaders.
On February 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Duff Banquet Center at Cintas Center, Brueggeman will present “Understanding Haitian Culture and Development.” Examining Haitian history, culture and society is a necessary first step to approaching the challenges of Haitian poverty, globalization and development. Drawing upon three decades of research, anthropologist Karen Richman deconstructs some of the myths surrounding Haiti and explains how Haitians see themselves and their relations with the outside world. Richman is director of the Migration and Border Studies Center at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. She is the author of Migration and Vodou, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on migration, religion, gender and performance related to Haitian and Mexican transnational societies.