The Social Impact Lecture Series brings thought leaders and accomplished practitioners in the social impact arena to Northeastern University for intimate and thought-provoking conversations with students and faculty.

In October 2013, the Social Impact Lecture Series hosted A Week for Peace with Emmanuel Jal in partnership with the Northeastern University Humanities Center and support from the Human Services Program, University Honors Program, Northeastern Center for the Arts, Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service, School of Law/Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute, and Brudnick Center on Violence and Conflict.  Our thanks to the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust for funding this event.

More on Emmanuel Jal

Emmanuel Jal is a world-renowned hip hop artist and  former child soldier, recruited at the age of seven by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. He was among a handful of children who survived a months-long escape through the desert during which many companions succumbed to starvation and cannibalism. He is now a global hip hop star, authoractor, political activist, and humanitarian who uses music to promote peace and human rights.

Jal launched his We Want Peace campaign with a video featuring Peter Gabriel, Alicia Keyes, Ringo Starr, George Clooney, and Kofi Annan. His TED talk provides a glimpse of what Northeastern students experienced when he was here in December 2012 and October 2013.

To learn more Emmanuel Jal, South Sudan, and child soldiers, please visit the resource page compiled by the Northeastern University Library.