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Honors Program

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Special Guest Speaker

benson ocen


Benson Ocen Director/Founder I Live Uganda


Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 12:30-2PM with reception to follow
Location: LMC Little Theater
Cost: Free


In collaboration with the Drama Department’s upcoming presentation of Ruined, Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer winning play about the effects of civil war in Africa, the Honors Program is pleased to announce a special event to which the entire LMC community is invited.


Benson Ocen, founder and director of I Live Uganda (ILA) is a man on a mission.  For over 20 years his country was plagued by conflict with a rebel army called the “Lords Resistance Army” which abducted more than 30,000 children and forced them into military service or sexual slavery.    In 2008 Benson founded ILA (which means “help me” in the Acholi language) to bring trauma counseling to the war’s victims.  In addition to emotional healing, ILA focuses on holistic restoration by providing micro loans and agricultural training to displaced families. 

Benson’s inspirational tale of hope and renewal will give you a frontline perspective on the issues you’ll encounter in Ruined and bring the play to life for you. 

For more information email Honors Director Jennifer Saito at jsaito@losmedanos.edu