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Humanitarian to Receive 2010 Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award

Fontbonne University has announced that Amir Karadzic, leader of the Union of Citizens of the Municipality of Prijedor, activist and humanitarian, will receive the 2010 Jason Sommer Dedicated Semester Award.
A native of Prijedor, Bosnia, Karadzic was closely involved with Fontbonne’s past dedicated semester, “Immigrant Experiences.” The university’s dedicated semester occurs each fall and involves the entire campus, as well as members of the local community at times, focusing on a single subject.

Karadzic was instrumental in connecting Fontbonne University with members of the Bosnian community in St. Louis, contributing greatly to the university’s Bosnia Memory Project, which is dedicated to establishing an enduring record of the experiences of Bosnian genocide survivors.  Karadzic was also a key connection in a Fontbonne project in which students interviewed genocide survivors and documented their stories in video. The video and transcripts of the interviews became part of an exhibition titled “Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide,” which received national attention and acclaim.
“Mr. Karadzic is a long-time activist in Bosnia-American affairs and an established humanitarian whose work has been recognized locally and nationally,” said Joyce Starr-Johnson, interim vice president and dean for academic affairs. “His participation in recent dedicated semester activities as well as the Bosnian Memory Project has been extremely noteworthy.”

Karadzic worked closely with Dr. Jack Luzkow, associate professor of history and chair of the department of history, philosophy and religion, and Dr. Ben Moore, associate professor of English and director of Fontbonne’s Bosnia Memory Project, to help organize Bosnian cultural and educational events on Fontbonne’s campus.
Fontbonne University will present Karadzic with the award Sept. 1 during the school’s annual Convocation ceremony.
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