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For Immediate Release: February 15, 2011
Contact: Gina Hebert, MBL, (508) 289-7725, ghebert@mbl.edu

UN Special Ambassador to Speak about Genocide and Identity at February 25 MBL Falmouth Forum

Francis Deng

United Nations Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide Francis Deng

WOODS HOLE, MA—Francis Deng, United Nations Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide, will speak about the issues of genocide and identity, as well as current events in the Sudan and Egypt, at the next MBL Falmouth Forum on Friday, February 25, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the MBL’s (Marine Biological Laboratory’s) Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole. Mr. Deng’s lecture, titled "Genocide and Problems of Identity," is sponsored by the MBL Associates and is free and open to the public.

A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL’s Communications Office in the Candle House, 127 Water Street in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and tickets are only available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22nd. All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL’s Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

Mr. Deng is currently Director of the Sudan Peace Support Project based at the United States Institute of Peace. He is also a Wilhelm Fellow at the Center for International Studies of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a research professor of international politics, law and society at Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

Before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mr. Deng was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the John Kluge Center of the Library of Congress. He served as Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons from 1992 to 2004, and from 2002 to 2003 was also a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

Mr. Deng has served as Human Rights Officer in the United Nations Secretariat, Ambassador of the Sudan to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United States, and has also served as the Sudan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. After leaving his country’s service, he was appointed the first Rockefeller Brothers Fund Distinguished Fellow.

Among his numerous awards in his country and abroad, Mr. Deng is co-recipient with Roberta Cohen of the 2005 Grawemeyer Award for “Ideas Improving World Order” and the 2007 Merage Foundation American Dream Leadership Award. In 2000, Mr. Deng also received the Rome Prize for Peace and Humanitarian Action. He has authored and edited more than 30 books in the fields of law, conflict resolution, internal displacement, human rights, anthropology, folklore, history, and politics and has also written two novels on the theme of the crisis of national identity in the Sudan.

All MBL Falmouth Forum lectures, performances and presentations are sponsored by the MBL Associates for the Cape Cod community and feature topics in the arts, humanities and health. They are always free and open to the public.

The remaining lectures in the 2011 series are:

March 11
"Pictures of the Brain Reveal the Structure of the Mind"
Nancy Kanwisher, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"An Evening with Marge Piercy"
Marge Piercy, bestselling poet and author

For more information and for full lecture descriptions, visit mbl.edu/falmouthforum.


The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. Founded in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in 1888, the MBL is an independent, nonprofit corporation.

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Associates Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.