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AWF Participates in First U2 Academic Conference


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AWF Participates in First U2 Academic Conference

The African Well Fund took part in the first U2 Academic Conference, held last weekend at North Carolina Central University in Durham. U2 fans from around the world came to the conference to sit in on 19 sessions where 37 papers were presented, as well as listen to speeches and check out films including "It Might Get Loud" and "U2 3D"

African Well Fund presented the break-out session "A River in a Time of Dryness" at the conference on Saturday and Sunday. Katelyn Brewer, West Africa region program manager, and Tina Musoke, media relations manager, represented Africare at the sessions. AWF and Africare also had tables at the conference, passing out literature and telling attendees about the work the organizations do in Africa.

Speakers at the conference included Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone contributing editor and author of "In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work," and Neil McCormick, Daily Telegraph music critic and author of "Killing Bono"/"I Was Bono's Doppelganger." Both DeCurtis and McCormick signed books that will be included in AWF's upcoming Got Water? online auction.

The conference was mentioned by Bono during U2's conc
ert at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh and U2.com's write up of the show. Local media also covered the event, with AWF board Vice Chairman Diane Yoder interviewed by The Herald-Sun.

Photos from the U2 Academic Conference weekend can be viewed on AWF's Flickr.

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