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Hunger Banquet to Assist African People

On Thursday, April 27, Smith students representing a coalition of campus religious, political and activist organizations will hold a Hunger Banquet to raise funding and support to combat genocide in Sudan and drought in east Africa.

The banquet, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in Davis Ballroom, will feature a talk by Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature at Smith, who is among the nation's most outspoken experts on the Sudan genocide. Reeves has helped focus international attention on the systematic ethnic victimization of people in the country’s Darfur region by publishing essays on the ongoing tragedy in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and other publications, and testifying before Congress. He has also consulted for human rights and humanitarian organizations on the violations in Sudan.

Reeves will be introduced by President Carol T. Christ.

The banquet will also feature a menu of African food, which will be served in symbolic proportion to “how much people around the world eat,” according to organizers.

To help raise funds, a silent auction will accompany the banquet, as will jewelry for sale made by Ugandan women.

Entertainment will include an African musical performance, and an array of information will be on hand about how to get involved in helping people in Africa.

Tickets for the banquet will be available at the door before the event for $15, general, $6 for students with ID.

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