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The Art of Resistance Speaker Series: Ambassador Mark Asquino, ‘Human Rights, Democracy and Corruption in Equatorial Guinea’

October 28, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

As part of the fall 2019 speaker series coordinated with The Art of Resistance exhibition on freedom of expression, artistic freedom and human rights, UNC Global welcomes former U.S. Ambassador Mark Asquino.

Ambassador Mark Asquino, career Foreign Service Officer and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea from 2012 to 2015, will deliver a talk on his work addressing human rights, democracy and corruption in the country. The talk will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, on the fourth floor of the FedEx Global Education Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. Ambassador Asquino has served in postings in Latin America, Europe, Central Asia and Africa and served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Sudan and in Kazakhstan. In Washington, he was Chief of Staff in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights at the U.S. Department of State.

This discussion of human rights using international relations as a framework, presented by Ambassador Asquino, is a part of the ‘The Art of Resistance’ speaker series and exhibition on display throughout the FedEx Global Education Center until December 13, 2019. Come hear Ambassador Asquino discuss human rights, democracy, and corruption in Equatorial Guinea.

This event is sponsored by the Humanities for the Public Good Initiative, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Global Relations, Center for Media Law and Policy, Institute for the Study of the Americas, Department of Romance Studies and UNC Global.

Event Contact: Angela Stuesse, associate professor of anthropology and global studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, at

About the Exhibition
‘The Art of Resistance’ showcases artwork Esono Ebalé created prior to and during his imprisonment, original artwork created for the exhibition, and art by those who advocated for him during his imprisonment. The exhibition touches on themes of human rights and freedom of speech, as Esono Ebalé’s story and art implore audiences to see the right of expression as an essential human right. His work illustrates the dangers often faced by those who speak out against injustices.


FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States


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