Pathways of International Service — Experiences and Reflections From Three Duke Alums
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Location: Sanford School of Public Policy, Room 04
Information: The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nancy Hare Robbins at nancy.robbins [Email: nancy.robbins #AT# duke.edu ].
At the vanguard of Duke’s internationalization efforts from 1991 – 1995, Mark Lorey (Trinity ’95), Damon Wilson (Trinity ’95) and Sonya Wu-Winter (Trinity ’95) each participated in international study and refugee work through Duke programming. In the process, they became friends committed to international service. Building on their experiences, each has made a different contribution to the global community.
Mark Lorey (Duke, BA 1995) serves as Senior Director of Integrated Programming Effectiveness for World Vision International, a child-focused relief and development organization. Mark led in the co-creation of a new model for World Vision’s programs in more than 70 countries across the developing world, reaching more than 15 million people. He has worked with World Vision, Save the Children, and other organizations in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, and East Timor. Much of his past work has involved strengthening family and community care for orphans and other vulnerable children in areas severely affected by HIV and AIDS. Mark lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, Deborah Forbes (Duke, BA 1995), and two daughters.
Damon Wilson (Duke, BA 1995; Princeton, MPA 1998) is Vice President and Director of the International Security Program at the Atlantic Council, focusing on transatlantic cooperation on global challenges, NATO, Central and Eastern Europe, and national security policy. Prior to this, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), where he played a leading role in developing and coordinating efforts to advance a Europe whole, free and at peace and to work with Europe to promote security, prosperity and democracy around the world. He served as Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, helping to design and implement a civilian surge throughout Iraq. Some of his earlier posts include Director for Central, Eastern and Northern European Affairs at the NSC; Deputy Director of the Private Office of NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson; and Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Damon was Duke’s first Hart Leadership Fellow, serving in Rwanda in 1995—1996 with Save the Children. While at Duke, he participated in Duke programs in Estonia, the Balkans, Turkey, and France.
Sonya Wu-Winter (Duke, BA 1995; Emory, MDiv 2003) is the founder and co-chair of the Guantanamo Refugee Sponsorship Committee of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto, Ontario. Partnering with five church congregations in Canada, with the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and with Amnesty International, they are working to promote the Canadian government’s support in the plight of Guantanamo detainees. She has also served as assistant director of Romero House, Toronto, Ontario—which plays a critical role in the resettlement of refugees locally—and is currently on their Board of Directors. Sonya has served as a community organizer in both the U.S. and Canada, working extensively for improvements in education and other basic resettlement issues among immigrant and refugee populations. She lives with her husband and daughter outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
During the 2009 Anthony Joseph Drexel Biddle, Jr. Lecture in International Studies, Mark, Damon and Sonya will speak of how their Duke education contributed to their interest in serving the world community, why they chose the careers they did in fulfillment of their commitment, and what they envision to be the opportunities in international service for current college students.