Valentino Achak Deng was in Rome, Georgia, thanks to his publisher, to the organizing intelligence of Mr. John Kwist of Shorter College, and to Valentino’s firm belief that community will triumph over a whole host of abusive actions round the world. Please see
English professors at Shorter and one ten-year-old wide-eyed girl had dinner with Valentino at Provino’s, and we all learned what a real person he is. His talk was unforgettable. It was meant to be given at Callaway Theater, but the crowd was too huge, and the talk was moved to Brookes Chapel, which filled to bursting. It was the best talk I’ve ever heard at Shorter, and it won’t leave any of us anytime soon. Thanks, John, for arranging this, and thanks, Valentino, for coming to Shorter. Again, go to and see “Ten Things We Can Do for Sudan.”

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I teach English at Shorter College in beautiful Rome, Georgia.
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