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Human rights activist to speak about Darfur at Longwood

February 15, 2008

John Prendergast, a human rights activist and former adviser to the White House and the State Department, will present a lecture about Darfur on Tuesday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in the Lee Grand Dining Room in Longwood University’s Dorrill Dining Hall.

Prendergast, a government adviser during the Clinton administration, is co-author of Not On Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond, a New York Times bestseller published last year. The book, one of eight books by Prendergast, was co-written with Don Cheadle, who starred in the film Hotel Rwanda.

Prendergast co-founded and is co-chair of the ENOUGH project, a joint initiative of the International Crisis Group and the Center for American Progress whose mission is to “end genocide and crimes against humanity.” In recent years he has focused on bringing international attention to the genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan and the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army in northern Uganda.

Much of Prendergast’s career has been devoted to conflict resolution in Africa. As director of African Affairs at the National Security Council from 1996-99, he was directly involved in numerous peace processes, including the peace deal between Ethiopia and Eritrea that ended two years of fighting.