University of Calgary

Emmanuel Jal sings for peace

UToday HomeFebruary 19, 2013

By Emma Popoola

Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier turned international recording artist, is the recipient of the 2013 Calgary Peace Prize.  Jal will be on campus on March 1 at 7 p.m. and March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of the Consortium for Peace StudiesEmmanuel Jal, former child soldier turned international recording artist, is the recipient of the 2013 Calgary Peace Prize. Jal will be on campus on March 1 at 7 p.m. and March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of the Consortium for Peace StudiesThe Consortium for Peace Studies at the University of Calgary proudly announces the 2013 recipient of Calgary Peace Prize: Emmanuel Jal, former child soldier turned international recording artist, peace activist and author.

At age 13, Sudanese-born Jal was recruited and trained by rebel forces to fight in two civil wars. He was rescued and smuggled into Kenya and by age 20, Jal discovered the power of hip-hop music as a channel for peace activism, self-transformation and profound healing.

In 2005, Jal released his first album Gua, meaning “peace” in his native tongue. His music appeared in the critically acclaimed film Blood Diamond. Today, through his music and humanitarian efforts, Jal’s passion for peace and reconciliation continues to inspire people across ethnic, religious, and geographic lines. Jal’s exemplary work in promoting global peace makes him an outstanding recipient of the Calgary Peace Prize.

On March 1 at 7 p.m., Jal will speak to students and the public about peace in the midst of violent conflict, activism and music. The presentation is in Science Theatres 140 and tickets are $15 each.

On March 2 at 5:30 p.m., Jal will be presented the Calgary Peace Prize by Mayor Naheed Nenshi and university leaders at the Calgary Peace Prize Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Red and White Club. Jal will share his songs and compelling story of outstanding courage, bravery and peace. Tickets for this event are $150 each or $1200 for a table of 8 (early bird deadline Feb. 22).

Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting Saima Jamal at 403-220-2136.

Founded in 2005, the University of Calgary’s Consortium for Peace Studies unites peace activists and researchers from diverse fields of study through public presentations and international research. The consortium’s primary focus is to enhance research and teaching on issues of human security and meeting basic needs, violence and conflict resolution.

The Consortium for Peace Studies established the $5,000 Calgary Peace Prize in 2006 to honor outstanding individuals from the global community committed to promoting peace and social justice worldwide. Previous recipients include the Mayor of Hiroshima Tadatoshi Akiba, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour, human rights activist Sally Armstrong, environmentalist Vandana Shiva and the Gaza Doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish.

 

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