Posting Date: March 22, 2012


Peace activist and hip-hop artist to lead master class
Emmanuel Jal will lead workshop on performance studies for activism

Emmanuel Jal

Sudanese peace activist and international hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal will visit the College of the Arts for a master class with theatre and performance studies students entitled "Performance Studies for Social Activism" on Tuesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. in the Onyx Theater (formally known as the Black Box Theater) in the Wilson Annex.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a Q & A session at the end of the workshop. After the master class, Jal will do an encore presentation at 5 p.m. in the Social Sciences auditorium.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Jal, a child soldier from Sudan who became known as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, has emerged into a global recording artist acclaimed for his unique style of global hip-hop music and his message of peace and reconciliation. In 2008, a full-length documentary on his life, “Warchild,” won 12 film-festival awards. For his commitment to peace building, Jal received the 2011 Common Ground Award previously awarded to Bishop Desmond Tutu and Mohammad Ali. Jal has addressed the United Nations and U.S. Congress. His 2009 TED Global talk was a YouTube sensation.

On Saturday, March 31, Jal will be back on campus to address the Kennesaw State University community on the Campus Green as thousands of students attempt to break the record for the world’s largest human peace sign. Jal's visits to KSU are sponsored by the American Democracy Project in conjunction with the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Operations Division.

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