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Journalist Mae Azango visits DePaul University

11/25/2012 10:10 PM

By Bonnie McGrath

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Mae Azango

When South Looper and law school prof Lorraine Schmall heard that Liberian Journalist/activist Mae Azango was visiting New York and Toronto this month, she started emailing a small group of movers and shakers to see if anyone could help bring her to Chicago, as well. "Mae has earned some fame for her fearless reporting about female genital mutilation in West Africa," Lorraine told her contacts, adding that although Azango had been feted in several cities in the US, she'd never been hosted by anyone in Chicago.

"There are so many folks who should hear her and meet her," said Schmall.

Fast forward. Plans were made. It all worked out. Azango will be speaking this Thursday at 11:50 AM until 12:50 PM on behalf of DePaul University's International Human Rights Law Institute. The talk is free--and open to the public--and will take place at DePaul University School of Law, 25 E. Jackson, Lewis Tower, room 241.

Azango, who writes for "Front Page Africa," will discuss the contentious issues surrounding the highly controversial custom of female genital mutilation. If you are an attorney, by the way, you can receive CLE credit for attending the program.

To RSVP, email [email protected] and put "RSVP Nov. 29" in the subject line.

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