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June 3, 2015 /
Posted in: School of Continuing and Professional Studies /
Recognized last year as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, Nyirumbe has achieved international prominence through her advocacy for women and girls who have survived kidnappings and extreme violence in Uganda. She runs schools to teach practical and vocational skills so these survivors can reclaim their economic independence. Her students learn to sew and create purses using tabs from aluminum cans, which they in turn sell to support themselves and their families. Her work is the subject of a film and book, both entitled “Sewing Hope.”
Film screening of “Sewing Hope”
June 105-8:30 p.m.DePaul Loop Campus14 E. Jackson Blvd.Lower Level Theater“Sewing Hope” follows Nyirumbe as she leads a vocational school in Gulu, Uganda, for women and girls who were kidnapped and sexually assaulted by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. Many were forced to become child soldiers. Filmmaker Derek Watson mixes first-person accounts and edgy animation as actor Forest Whitaker narrates Nyirumbe’s fight to bring hope back to her troubled nation. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP at http://bit.ly/1FN2703 or by calling 312-362-7697 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breakfast and discussion with Sister Rosemary NyirumbeJune 118:30 a.m. Breakfast9a.m. Program10:15 a.m. Book SigningDePaul’s Lincoln Park Student Center2250 N. Sheffield Ave. , Room 120The DePaul community welcomes Sister Nyirumbe for a breakfast, lecture and discussion. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at http://bit.ly/1AnpKvB or by calling 312-362-8455 or emailing EventRSVP@depaul.edu.
DePaul University School for New Learning commencement ceremonyJune 133 p.m.Rosemont Theatre5400 N. River Road, RosemontNyirumbe will address graduates of DePaul’s School for New Learning during commencement ceremonies. Nyirumbe received an honorary doctorate in December 2013 from DePaul in partnership with Tangaza University in Nairobi, Kenya.
Donate pull tabs to support women in UgandaThe School for New Learning is collecting aluminum pull tabs to send back to Uganda with Nyirumbe at the end of June. These pull tabs are valued materials that can help women and girls create purses to help sustain themselves and their families. Tabs will be collected at the events above or can be dropped off or sent to School for New Learning, DePaul University, 1 E. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, Illinois, 60604. Contact Derise Tolliver Atta at email@example.com with questions.
For more information, visit http://snl.depaul.edu.
Kristin Claes Mathews