The Sudan Comes to Sierra Nevada College

Incline Village, NV (August 5, 2008)–The Meridian International Center is bringing an extraordinary event to Sierra Nevada College—“Sudan: The Land and the People,” an exhibit based on the 2005 book of the same title featuring the photography of Michael Freeman and essays by Timothy Carney and Victoria Butler (as well as a foreword by former president Jimmy Carter). The college will also host a lecture by one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Daniel Mabior, viewings of the movie “Lost Boys of Sudan,” and school field trips. Copies of the book will be available for sale in the SNC bookstore.

The traveling exhibit of “Sudan: The Land and the People” opens on August 11 and continues through September 14 with the Sudan photography exhibit and Lost Boys presentation. Award-winning photographer Michael Freeman brings Sudan to vivid life with his stunning images–he traveled the length and breadth of the country over a period of two years, visiting all the major towns in every region and some villages that no Westerner had seen in decades, capturing nomads, herders, and farmers; teachers and students; lawyers and doctors; industrialists and laborers; and Muslims, Christians, and followers of traditional religions in the process. Freeman’s camera has caught, in the words of former president Jimmy Carter, “the essential humanity of Sudan.”

Michael Freeman’s works have been featured in the Smithsonian, Time-Life, Vogue, and other distinguished publications. Timothy Carney served as the U.S. Ambassador to Sudan from 1995 through 1997 and has held many high ranking international positions for the U.S. State Department over the last 30 years. Victoria Butler is a freelance writer whose works have appeared in Time magazine, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and Voice of America.

The particulars:

•    Sudan: The Land and the People photographic exhibit presented by the Meridian International Center. August 11-September 14. Third floor, Prim Library. M-Th: 10am-8pm; Fri & Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 4-7pm. Free and open to the public.
•    “Lost Boys of Sudan” movie. August 26 and 27. Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, room 139/141, 7-9pm. Open to the public; free/donation requested.
•    School Tours available. September 3-5.
•    “An Evening with Lost Boy of Sudan Daniel Mabior.” September 4. Patterson Hall, 7-9pm. Open to the public; free/donation requested.

For more information on the various Sudan events, please call the college’s events line at 775.881.7589 or visit its Web site at www.sierranevada.edu.