The Moral Dilemmas of South Sudanese Americans
Nyuol is a rising junior at Duke University. He is a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar and double majors in literature and linguistics. He was born in South Sudan, and grew up in Khartoum, Sudan, and Cairo, Egypt. His exposure to diverse cultures and different languages has shaped his character, perception, and understanding of the world. He enjoys, among other things, Arabic poetry, Russian literature, West African music, American national parks and forests, and South Sudanese people. Nyuol is also the founder and executive director of the Sudan Education for Liberty Foundation (www.selfsudan.org), whose mission is to help South Sudanese communities build schools and provide education for their children. He hopes that this project will enrich his understanding of the South Sudanese Americans and their experiences.
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Project summary: Nyuol’s project is to examine how South Sudanese Americans manage the tension between the ethical life defined by their Dinka heritage and the ethical life as defined by many Americans? For example, how to balance an ethic that would require sharing among one’s peers with an ethic that requires respect for private property? Nyuol’s project addresses ethical issues related to multiculturalism and moral development. Faculty mentor: Charles Piot