Humanitarian Aid Worker to Give Talk at CSUSM on Genocide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) welcomes humanitarian aid worker Carl Wilkens to kick off the university's spring Arts & Lectures series, on Thursday, February 3 at 7 p.m. with his lecture titled, World Outside My Shoes.

As a humanitarian aid worker, Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide was launched in April 1994, Wilkens refused to leave. He was the only American to remain in the country, and his actions saved the lives of hundreds. His experiences were included in the 2004 PBS documentary Ghosts of Rwanda. Sharing his personal experiences in a storytelling format, Wilkens has dedicated his life to speaking out against hatred, prejudice, and genocide.

World Outside My Shoes is co-sponsored by the Leichtag Family Foundation. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information, call (760) 750-8889 or visit www.csusm.edu/al.

     Who: Carl Wilkens, humanitarian aid worker and cofounder 
              of the educational nonprofit World Outside My Shoes;
              Wilkins has received widespread recognition for his
              vital work against genocide, and is endorsed by the
              United State Holocaust Memorial Museum, Save Darfur
              Coalition, and Genocide Intervention Network.

      What: Storytelling Lecture: World Outside My Shoes

      When: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 7 p.m.

      Where: California State University San Marcos
                Clarke Field House/University Student Union, Rm. 113

Directions and Parking
CSUSM is located at 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road in San Marcos. For more information or directions to the campus, visit www.csusm.edu/guide. On-campus parking is available and rates range from $3 to $9 depending upon length of stay.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.