Augsburg College alumna Kuoth Wiel ’13, a star in the feature film “The Good Lie,” has garnered a plethora of media coverage. The film, which was released in Minnesota Oct. 17, has been well received and is generating Oscar buzz. Augsburg has received several media mentions thanks to Wiel since she was a student at the College when she auditioned for the role.
The film brings to life a fictional yet strikingly accurate story of the ‘Lost Boys’ of Sudan. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia to Sudanese parents herself, it’s no surprise Wiel found it important to help tell this story. Being a part of the film “…validated all the struggles we had went through,” Wiel said in an MPR news interview.
Wiel has been traveling around the U.S. promoting the film since its September debut at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, along with Wiel and her castmates, have been featured and covered by media outlets ranging from Minneapolis’ Star Tribune to Rolling Stone magazine.
Below is a list of some of the local and national media coverage on Wiel:
Minnesota Urban Debate League’s (MNUDL) first Spanish-language debate was the subject of a story by Minnesota Public Radio’s Tim Post. The story provided a brief overview of why MNUDL, a program that serves more than 500 students at 33 public schools, added such a competition to its program, how the new event allows the program to introduce more bilingual students to debate, and more. Read “Augsburg College reaches bilingual students through Spanish debates.”
Minnesota Public Radio’s On Campus blog featured the Augsburg College “Happy” video, which was inspired by musician Pharrell Williams’ “24 Hours of Happy” project. Visit the MPR website to read “Something from Augsburg to hum the rest of the day” and to watch the video.
Images from Augsburg College’s sixth Traditional Powwow were featured in a photoessay by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Nikki Tundel. The photos show various aspects of the Powwow, ranging from dances and drumming to fellowship and friendship. Visit the MPR website to view the photos.
Minnesota Public Radio on March 18 broadcast on MPR Presents the presentation by Dr. William Foege, a keynote presenter at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Foege talked about the connection between better health and a peaceful environment. Listen to the presentation on MPR Presents.
The founder of Eurasia Group, a global political risk assessment company, spoke with MPR about the unfolding situation in Ukraine prior to his presentation at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum. Ian Bremmer described on “The Daily Circuit” the upheaval in Ukraine as “the most seismic geopolitical events since 9/11.” Listen to the interview here.
Dr. Deane Marchbein, the president of the board of Doctors Without Borders (Medicins Sans Frontieres), spoke prior to her keynote speech at the 26th Annual Nobel Peace Prize Forum with Tom Crann of MPR‘s All Things Considered. Marchbein, a medical doctor based out of Boston, talked of the work of the organization to deliver direct medical support to persons in need. Read an overview of the interview here.
The Nobel Peace Prize Forum (NPPF) presentation by Sister Helen Prejean was rebroadcast the week of March 3 on MPR Presents. Prejean, a Catholic nun and author of “Dead Man Walking,” discussed the need for compassion for death row prisoners. She also called the death penalty debate one of humanity’s largest moral dilemmas. The talk at the 26th annual NPPF was moderated by Tom Weber of MPR. Listen to the presentation on the MPR website.
The presentation at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum (NPPF) by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was rebroadcast the week of March 3 on MPR Presents. His Holiness talked about the idea that the concepts of “we” and “they” are the starting point for many conflicts in the world. The talk at the 26th annual NPPF was moderated by Cathy Wurzer of MPR and TPT Almanac. Listen here.