The PLU Wang Center Presents

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Witness Uganda

A Docu-Musical on the Complexities of Caring

By Matt Gould & Griffin Matthews

6:30-8 p.m. | March 6, 2019 | Anderson University Center, Chris Knutzen Hall

The 4th biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial event took place at 6:30 p.m. on March 6, 2019 in the Chris Knutzen Hall of the Anderson University Center at Pacific Lutheran University.

Departing from a lecture format, the event featured a concert version of selections from the award-winning docu-musical Witness Uganda, written and composed by former Peace Corps volunteer, Matt Gould, and actor and co-founder of the UgandaProject, Griffin Matthews. Hailed as “a joyous, wrenching experience drawn from life,” Witness Uganda poignantly explores the challenges and pitfalls of doing humanitarian work inviting the audience to reflect critically on service, leadership and care in both global and local contexts.

To mark the 2nd anniversary of the PLU’s Peace Corps Prep Program, there was also a panel presentation by PLU and Peace Corps alumni  – Lucas Gillespie ’16, Jihan Grettenberg ’12 and Colton Heath ’14 – on the topic of Critical Perspectives on Volunteering from 3:40-5:00 p.m. in the Scandinavian Cultural Center.

The Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial event is co-sponsored by the Wang Center for Global Education, the Center for Community Engagement and Service, and PLU’s Peace Corps Prep program. It seeks to celebrate the life of an extraordinary public servant and former Peace Corps volunteer killed on Sept. 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya.

A video recording of the event can be accessed from this page.

Event details:

  • Artists: Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews
  • Time: 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Place: Chris Knutzen Hall