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The Astonishing Story of Congo’s Connections to America, And You

Please join the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute for a talk by John Prendergast, Founding Director of the Enough Project.

For five centuries right up to the present, Americans and Europeans have benefited enormously from an astounding history of exploitation of the people and natural resources of a country in the heart of Africa: the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The people of Congo are fighting back, risking their lives to resist and alter the deadly status quo. And human rights movements led by young people in the U.S. and Europe are supporting those Congolese change-makers. As a result, the way the world deals with Congo is finally changing.

Prendergast is a human rights and anti-corruption activist as well as a New York Times best-selling author who has focused on peace in Africa for over thirty-five years. He is the Founding Director of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, as well as the Co-Founder with George Clooney of The Sentry, an investigative initiative chasing the assets of African war criminals and their international collaborators.

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 was part of the mediation team that negotiated the end to the Ethiopia-Eritrea war, supported President Nelson Mandela’s mediation in the Burundi peace process, and contributed to other peace processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Sudan, and Somalia.

John is the author or co-author of eleven books including his latest book Congo Stories: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed with Fidel Bafilemba and featuring photography by Ryan Gosling.

There will be a small reception prior to the talk. For more information please contact Professor Erika Weinthal.


April 1, 2019
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Nicholas School for the Environment


Field Auditorium, Environment Hall