Liberian government official and Ohio University alumnus Marcus Dahn will serve as the 2008 International Week keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Monday, May 12, in the Baker University Center Ballroom.
In keeping with this year's International Week theme, "Your World, Your Story," Dahn's speech, "A Long Road from Nimba: One Man's Journey to Ohio University and Beyond," will cover his experiences. The speech is sponsored by the Ki-Chul Andrew Jung International Week Endowment Fund, which was created by Jung's family after he died shortly after his graduation from Ohio University.
In his speech, Dahn will share experiences from his childhood, as an Ohio University student, his efforts to improve literacy in Liberia, and his bid for the Liberian presidency.
Dahn, who earned his doctorate and master's degrees from Ohio University, is currently deputy minister of administration in the Liberian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
After announcing his candidacy for president of Liberia in 2003 on the steps of Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium, Dahn decided to accept his current role under current Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first elected female head of state of an African country.
Since accepting that important role, Dahn has worked diligently to develop more international educational partnerships for Liberian universities and eliminate government corruption in Liberia.
The International Week 2008 celebration begins Sunday and features a weeklong schedule of musical, cultural and literary offerings to celebrate the global community at Ohio University.
Dahn's speech is open to the public, and will be followed by a reception.
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