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Global Engagement Speaker Series: George Openjuru
February 15 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
“Universities and Communities in Conflict Resolution and Social Justice in Africa: The Case of Gulu University in Northern Uganda”
George L. Openjuru is professor of education and first deputy vice chancellor at Gulu University, Uganda. He was formerly dean of the School of Distance and Lifelong Learning at Makerere University, and head of the Department of Community Education and Extra-Mural Studies, Institute of Adult and Continuing Education. He was also an associate professor of adult and community education at Makerere University.
He holds a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has published a number of articles and book chapters about lifelong learning and adult literacy education. He chairs the Uganda Adult Education Network. His specialization is adult and community education, with specific focus on adult literacy education, educational exclusion and social justice, action research, community university engagement, lifelong learning, and indigenous knowledge and knowledge democracy. He is a partner with the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education. He is also a member of the International Reading Association.
The new MSU Global Engagement Speaker Series is inviting individuals of distinction from higher education, global organizations, and philanthropies to share their thoughts, research, and practice with the MSU community. While exploring the primary foci of advancing fundamental human rights and meeting basic human needs, the Series seeks to highlight the role of higher education as a collaborator, working with civil societies, governments, and industry to enhance societal well-being. Distinguished speakers from around the world will reflect on their experiences regarding the role of universities and scholars in addressing pressing issues that people across the globe face in their daily lives. The Global Engagement Speaker Series is sponsored by University Outreach and Engagement, International Studies and Programs and the Graduate School.