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John Prendergast
John Prendergast has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years. Submitted photo

The 13th annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program will be held April 8-12. The theme for the 2013 program is "Advocacy in a Globalized World: From the Classroom to the Frontline." John Prendergast, human rights activist and best-selling author, will deliver the keynote address, "Conflict Resources and Conflict Prevention: The Case of Congo, the World's Deadliest War," at the Atlas Week Signature Symposium at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April, in the Wool Ballroom of Busch Student Center.

Prior to the symposium, there will be a book signing with Prendergast from 4 to 5 p.m. in room 170 of Busch Student Center. His books, The Enough Moment and Unlikely Brothers, will be available for purchase.

Prendergast will also deliver two special lectures on Wednesday, April 10:

  • From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., he'll present "Advocacy for Peace: Why South Sudan was Successful and Darfur Was Not" in Sinquefield Stateroom in DuBourg Hall
  • From 3 to 4:30 p.m., he'll present "10 Ingredients for Making a Difference both Globally and Locally" in the Wool Ballroom of BSC.

About John Prendergast

Prendergast has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project affiliated with the Center for American Progress, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Clinton administration, Prendergast was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was the director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special advisor to Susan Rice at the Department of State. Prendergast has also worked for two members of Congress, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has been a Big Brother for more than 25 years, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach.

Prendergast has authored ten books. His newest book, Unlikely Brothers, released in May 2011, is a dual memoir co-authored with his first little brother in the Big Brother program. 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, which focuses on building a popular movement against genocide and other human rights crimes.

Under the Enough Project umbrella, Prendergast has helped create a number of initiatives and campaigns. With George Clooney, he helped launch the Satellite Sentinel Project, which aims to prevent conflict and human rights abuses through satellite imagery. With Tracy McGrady and other NBA stars, Prendergast co-founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program to fund schools in Darfurian refugee camps and create partnerships with schools in the United States. He helped launch two campaigns under Enough: The Raise Hope for Congo Campaign, highlighting the issue of conflict minerals that fuel the war there; and Sudan Now, focused on bringing peace to that embattled country. Prendergast is a board member and serves as Strategic Advisor to Not On Our Watch, the organization founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Brad Pitt.

About the Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week program

One of the main goals of the Atlas Program is to increase awareness of the global issues that confront the world today in an effort not only to promote discussion, but also to inspire and inform action It focuses on what everyone as global citizens can do to contribute to a better life for all people now and in the future. The Atlas Program is unique in that for one week of the year, it brings together members of the University community to focus on the global challenges of the 21st century.

All faculty, students and staff are encouraged to participate in the program and share their international knowledge, scholarship and service with the wider University community. Past events have included special lectures, roundtable discussions, open classes, international films, cultural performances and special exhibits.

For more information, contact Michelle Lorenzini at lorenzms@slu.edu.