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February 2, 2007

Chautauqua Nexus discussion to focus on Invisible Children tour

The educational and cultural Chautauqua Nexus series will continue its support of the Invisible Children tour Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:15 p.m. in room 134 of the Airway and Computer Science Building.

Invisible Children is an organization shedding light on atrocities committed against children in Northern Uganda.

The organization’s efforts are motivated by a documentary made to inspire people to make a difference in the world. The group launched its first national tour in 2005 but could not make it to the Gulf Coast because of Hurricane Katrina.

The documentary first appeared on ULM campus Nov. 2 as a Chautauqua Nexus presentation by David Gunnell.

"Invisible Children: Rough Cut" was created by three college-age men from Southern California. In 2003, the three traveled to Uganda. There they witnessed a tragedy that reportedly disgusted and inspired them---a story where children are the weapons and the victims by being abducted from their homes and forced to fight in a rebel army. The documentary they made exposes the effects of a 20-year-long war on those children.

Though the documentary originally appeared to friends and family, it soon appeared at high schools, colleges and other institutions around the world, with coverage on Oprah, Channel One, and CNN. In 2005, the film was screened at more than 1,000 venues to an audience of more than 1.5 million people.

For more information on Invisible Children, Inc., go to

All Chautauqua Nexus events are scheduled at 7:15 p.m. in room 134 of the Airway Science Building (at the corner of Northeast Avenue & Filhiol Street).

Nexus presentations are free, informal and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend. ULM FRYS students are encouraged to attend and sign in.

“The Nexus is an opportunity for intellectual and cultural exchange,” said Joe McGahan, ULM psychology professor and Chautauqua Nexus organizer.

For more information call 318-342-1338 or go to for the complete schedule of upcoming Chautauqua Nexus events.

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