Harry S. Truman
Distinguished Lecture Series
Save the Date:
Thursday, October 9
Featuring Alephonsion (Alepho) Deng
Complimentary Event - Open to the Public
Registration coming soon.
The 2014 Harry S. Truman Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Alephonsion (Alepho) Deng, author and subject of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan. Living in an insulated, close-knit community of grassroofed cottages, cattle herders and tribal councils, Alepho was seven years old when government-armed Murahiliin began attacking his and other nearby villages. Just a child, Alepho fled the chaos and violence in the middle of the night. He and thousands of other Lost Boys traveled more than one thousand miles across a war-ravaged country, through landmine-sown paths, crocodile-infested waters, and grotesque extremes of hunger, thirst, and disease.
They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan is the book selection for Avila’s 2014 Common Reading program. All first year students, about 200, are required to read the book over the summer. Student reflections are incorporated into orientation and first-year seminar courses. Research shows this type of common reading program helps emphasize academic importance prior to the start of classes and helps build community with the first year class.