John Bul Dau to Discuss God Grew Tired of Us
John Bul Dau is the author of God Grew Tired of Us and this year's Freshman Studies speaker. Dau is one of 27,000 Lost Boys forced to flee war-torn Sudan in 1987 when civil war broke out and the northern government began attacking the south. He will discuss how at the age of 13 he was thrown into leading 200 smaller boys across Sudan, and how it made him a stronger person. The lecture -- which touches on taking responsibility and leading others to do positive things -- will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Recreation and Convocation Center.
Dau has experienced journeys in life that most people never imagine. During their journey, the Lost Boys formed surrogate families and sought refuge from famine, disease, wild animals and attacks from rebel soldiers. After a decade of staying in refugee camps throughout Africa, Dau came to the United States in 2001 with a sponsorship from the First Presbyterian Church in Skaneateles, New York.
Following his initial culture shock - women driving cars, huge stores filled with food - he took on two jobs and has made a successful life. He is currently studying public policy at Syracuse University, and has made himself a part of many efforts to save Darfur and Sudan from conflict. He has helped raise more than $35,000 for books and medical expenses for Lost Boys in the United States, and he has helped raise more than $150,000 for the American Care for Sudan Foundation, which is building a medical clinic in southern Sudan.
Dau hopes to have a lasting impact on the future of his native country. "I want Sudan to become a place where people are welcome and hope is restored," he says.
The speech will show that when you start small -- changing yourself, your family, and your home -- you will grow as a leader and will be able to achieve greater change. The event, sponsored by Freshman Studies and University Programs, is free and open to the public.