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The State of Human Rights Conflicts in Africa

WHO: John Prendergast a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for over 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project-- fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity mainly in Africa, focused on areas where some of the world’s worst atrocities occur and affiliated with the Center for American Progress. John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has been a Big Brother for over 25 years.

Prendergast is the author or co-author of ten books. His newest book, Unlikely Brothers, is a dual memoir co-authored with his first little brother in the Big Brother program and is now available in paperback. His previous two books were co-authored with Don Cheadle:  Not On Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year, and The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes.

WHAT: Discussion with Human Rights Activist John Prendergast about conflicts in places such as Congo, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia.

WHEN: Monday, April 1, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: American University, School of International Service's (SIS) Abramson Family Founders Room. (Building located at intersection of New Mexico and Nebraska Aves., NW)

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Please RSVP for the live event or webcast to J. Paul Johnson, American University Communications, via telephone at 202-885-5943 or via e-mail at

Washington, D.C. (March 29, 2013) John Prendergast will discuss the Enough Project and its efforts to raise awareness of conflicts in places such as Congo, Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia. The discussion will be moderated by American University School of International Service Dean James Goldgeier and followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Prendergast will answer questions from Dean Goldgeier including:

1. What roles do NGOs like the Enough Project play in helping to prevent genocide and protect human rights?

2. There is an effort at a number of campuses, including AU, to ensure that procurement policies adopt "no use of conflict minerals." Does you believe these efforts are useful?

3. Is there cause for optimism given recent news about possible positive developments in places like Sudan/South Sudan? Where do you think real progress is being made in African conflicts as well as which conflicts you remain most concerned about?

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