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Darfur Activist John Prendergast to Speak at Penn College

John Prendergast sits with two children in a rebel-held area of Darfur.John Prendergast, renowned human-rights proponent and author of eight books on Africa, will speak at Pennsylvania College of Technology on Nov. 13 about the ongoing crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Prendergast, co-chair of the ENOUGH Project and co-author (with “Hotel Rwanda” actor Don Cheadle) of the recent bestseller “Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond,” will offer a lecture and question-and-answer session beginning at 7 p.m. in the college’s Klump Academic Center on West Third Street in Williamsport. A book-signing will follow.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The presentation is part of the William C. Butler Lecture Series at Penn College. The series is a tribute to Butler, who served as Penn College’s dean of hospitality from 1994 until his death in December 2002.

During the Clinton administration, Prendergast was director of African affairs at the National Security Council. He has worked for the State Department, members of Congress, the United Nations, human-rights organizations and think tanks such as the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

He also wrote “God, Oil and Country: Changing the Logic of War in Sudan,” and “Frontline Diplomacy: Humanitarian Aid and Conflict in Africa.” He co-produced “Journey into Sunset,” a documentary about northern Uganda, and he has been part of three episodes of CBS’ “60 Minutes” news program.

He was involved in the making of two recent documentaries: “Darfur Now” (in theaters in November) and “Sand and Sorrow” (premiering on HBO in December). Prendergast regularly contributes columns to major newspapers and journals. He travels often to Africa’s war zones on fact-finding missions, peacemaking initiatives and awareness-raising trips.

For more information about the Prendergast lecture, email or call (570) 320-2400, ext. 7912.

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