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Lual Mayen Lecture
From Refugee to Game Developer: Peacemaking through the Art of Gaming

Lual Mayen is the founder of Junub Games. He has a rich story from growing up as a refugee to becoming a game developer. For 22 of his 24 years of life, Mayen lived in a refugee camp in northern Uganda. A few years back, Mayen saw a laptop computer at a registration station for the refugee camp. He told his mother he wanted one. She saved money for three years to get the $300 to buy it for him. He discovered Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and the joy of playing at an internet cafe. He regularly walked three-hours to get to the internet cafe to charge his computer and play games.

This lecture is co-sponsored by: ACES International Programs, Center for Advanced Study, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies and the support of the US Department of Education Title VI grant, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Law, Gies College of Business, Humanities Research Institute, Illinois Global Institute, Illinois International Programs, Journalism, Lemann Center for Brazilian Studies, School of Social Work, Sociology, Spanish and Portuguese, Spurlock Museum, & The Grainger College of Engineering Institute for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access.

Apr 8, 2021 04:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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