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The Threat to Journalists in the Sudan

October 19, 2016, 12:00 PM


Khalid Albaih is a political cartoonist from Sudan. He is Colby’s 2016 Oak Fellow at the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights. Albaih uses his daring, often biting cartoons to champion freedom of expression and democracy in the Arab world, while criticizing Western Islamophobia and U.S. practices including torture and drone attacks.

Albaih draws simple but evocative images that are primarily displayed online. Many of those images have gone viral, earning him international recognition. Huffington Post mentions him first in its list of the world’s leading Arab cartoonists. During the Arab Spring uprising in 2011, Albaih’s images were turned into stencils and reproduced on city walls in Cairo and Sana’a. He acquired thousands of followers on his Facebook site (“Khartoon!” — a play on his artistic medium and his former home in the capital of Sudan). His work also has appeared in exhibitions in Vienna, London, Montreal, Detroit, Bahrain, and The Hague and has been featured in media outlets including the New York Times and Al-Jazeera.

The son of a diplomat and a social justice activist, Albaih was born in Romania and grew up in Sudan and Qatar, where he now lives. He received a B.A. in interior design engineering from the Ajman University of Science and Technology and worked as a graphic designer and multimedia specialist before becoming head of installations and design for public art in Qatar Museums Authority.

Please register no later than Monday October 17. A box lunch from Eric’s is available for $10. Please pay at the door. Lunch includes a sandwich, soup, chips, beverage, and a cookie. When registering, please indicate your sandwich choice: Turkey and Swiss on Wheat Bread, Chicken Salad on White Bread, or Veggie/Cheese on Spinach Wrap.

Please note: Registrants who request lunch are responsible for lunch fees. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please notify us so that lunch orders can be adjusted.


October 19, 2016
12:00 PM


Bonnie Sammons
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Mid-Maine Global Forum


Alfond Youth & Community Center
126 North Street
Waterville, ME
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