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Seeking Peace in Darfur

Written by Kate Harner

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                                                        Jerry Ehrlich

Willimantic, CT -- Doctors Without Borders member Jerry Ehrlich and Tim Salem, award-winning former assistant principal of Danbury High School, will present a lecture on their experiences in activism in local and international communities at 3 p.m. on May 4 in Charles R. Webb Hall Room 110. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Ehrlich has served a pediatrician in private practice in New Jersey since 1966. He left practice multiple times to go on humanitarian aid missions to Sri Lanka, Haiti, Republic of Georgia and Darfur as part of Doctors Without Borders. He also spent time in Darfur during the summer of 2004, at the peak of the region's violence. Since his return to the United States, Ehrlich has given hundreds of presentations about his experiences in Darfur to create public awareness that will hopefully help the country's citizens.

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                                           Tim Salem

Salem is the principal of Scotts Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield. In his prior position as history teacher and assistant principal at Danbury High School, Salem and a team of students created two award-winning documentaries centered on the atrocities in Darfur. Since 2005, teams of students have joined Salem in making hundreds of presentations on Darfur to middle schools, high schools and college campuses throughout the tri-state area and beyond. In 2007, the group was issued a bi-partisan invitation from Congress in Washington, D.C., to make a presentation at the Capitol about advocacy and outreach concerning Darfur. Salem has received the 2006 Mahatma Gandhi-Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award by the Connecticut Education Association and the 2009 National Educator of the Year Award from the Anne Frank Center, USA.

For more information, contact Brittney Cava at cavab@my.easternct.edu.

 

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