May 3, 2012
In anticipation of her visit, faculty, students and staff are invited to view Pray the Devil Back to Hell, an award-winning documentary that chronicles the key role women played in the events leading up to Sirleaf’s election. Pray the Devil Back to Hell documents the impact of ordinary women who took extraordinary action to win a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country. They include Leymah Gbowee, who was awarded the Nobel along with Sirleaf and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.
Following the screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Katherine Luzuriaga, MD, professor of pediatrics and associate provost for global health, will lead a discussion about the film and progress being made in Liberia under Sirleaf’s leadership. “We look forward to the opportunity to welcome this remarkable and inspirational woman to our campus,” said Dr. Luzuriaga, who has worked with Sirleaf during numerous trips by UMMS faculty to help rebuild Liberia’s post-war medical infrastructure.
The viewing and discussion of Pray the Devil Back to Hell are open to all, and will take place on Monday, May 14, in Amphitheatre I from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be served. Preregistration online is requested.
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