October 13, 2011
To prepare for the conference, students at Gordon meet with S. Sudanese speaker Zuruf M. Tongo to dialogue about the current education system in S. Sudan
On Saturday, December 3rd Gordon College will host a conference to help Francis and the people of Gor Ayen reach their dream of building a school. Experts in technology, business, economics, art and religious education have been invited to take part in panel dialogues. Panelists include from S. Sudan: Francis Bok, Sarah Rial, Franco Majok as well as Prof. Bruce Herman, Dan Darko (director, Africa Potential), Gideon Strauss (Center for Public Justice Fellow), Patrick Larkin (Principal BHS–1:1 iPad:student ratio) and Rich Farrell (CEO ArmorGuard). The goals are to provide meaningful input in designing a creative curriculum for the school and advocate for a brighter Sudan. Student input and energy will be a highly valued piece of the conference. There will be opportunities for students to volunteer further with the foundation. So please join us for a lively, creative and fruitful event!
Activities will take place between 9-12:30 at KOSC Auditorium on Gordon's campus in Wenham, MA. Keynote at 11:30-12:30 on Innovation in Education. Email Jordan.email@example.com if you are interested in attending or want more details.
March 9, 2011
At 17 – on his third escape attempt – Francis Bok walked away from his life as a slave, making his way to Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, then to Egypt and finally to the U.S. In 2000, Bok was the first escaped slave to testify before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee as part of his work with the American Anti-Slavery Group. Bok told his story in his 2003 book co-written with Edward Tivnan, “Escape from Slavery: The True Story of My Ten Years in Captivity – and My Journey to Freedom in America.” The book was an all-school read at Marin Catholic High School when Bok visited for the first time in 2008 and is now required reading for the freshman class. Bok’s return was something of a homecoming, with the 6-foot 6-inch Sudanese terming theology department chairman Joseph Tassone “a big brother” who kept in touch, often via notes sent to Bok’s Facebook site at facebook.com/pages/The-Francis-Bok-Foundation.