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International Youth Expert to Speak at Hendrix

Mark SommersCONWAY, Ark. (September 11, 2012) -  Internationally recognized youth expert Marc Sommers will present a public lecture at Hendrix College on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Mills C.    

Sommers' most recent book is Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood, which Howard Wolpe, former U.S. presidential envoy to Africa's Great Lakes region, called a "must read for policy makers, aid officials, and leaders of post-war societies who are concerned about youth."

He is a visiting researcher with Boston University's African Studies Center. He was a 2011-2012 Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and was a United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow in 2009-2010. He is the author of Islands of Education: Schooling, Civil War, and the Southern Sudanese (1983-2004) and Fear in Bongoland: Burundi Refugees in Urban Tanzania, which received the Margaret Mead Award in 2003.

The event is free and open to the public. Village Books staff will be on hand at 7 p.m. in Mills Library with copies of his book for sale and signature. For more information, contact Alan Eastham at

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit