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Condensed Congo Week Schedule

February 27th-March 2nd 2012 

Monday, February 27th: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm: Congo 101 Information Sessions  (Geen Room)

Tuesday, February 28th: 3pm: Conflict Free Campus Initiative Information Session (Geen Room)

7pm: Conflict Minerals Panel (Batza Room)

Wednesday, February 29th: 7pm: John Prendergast Speaking Event (Hyman Forum)

Thursday, March, 1st: 4pm: Film screening of “The Greatest Silence” (Kelley Lecture Hall)

7pm: Women in the Congo Panel (Batza Room)

Friday, March 2nd: 3:30pm: Film screening of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” (Batza Room)

7pm: Congo Vigil (Chapel)

9pm: Congo Music Night at the Gopher Hole

Congo Week Program of Events

February 27th-March 2nd 2012

Monday, February 27th:

1pm, 3pm, 5pm: Geen Room: Congo 101 Information Sessions: Basic information about the conflict in the Congo, including a screening of the Friends of the Congo’s short film Crisis in the Congo.

Hosted by Goucher Peace Studies Students: Delaney Green, Faith Bailey, Kaitlin Higgins, Allison Rovensky, Leigh Miller, Maggie O’Donnell, Eric Sargent, Jillian Lipman, Tobias Breuer.

7pm – 10pm: Athenaeum Room 321: We will play the film Crisis in the Congo on a loop in Room 321, for those that weren’t able to attend the Congo 101 sessions. The screenings will begin every half hour.

Tuesday, February 28th:

3pm: Geen Room: Conflict Free Campus Initiative Information Session

Introduction to Goucher’s Conflict Free Campus Initiative, a nation-wide campaign to build the consumer voice for conflict-free electronics – cell phones, laptops, and other devices that do not finance war in eastern Congo.

Hosted by Alex Hellman from Raise Hope for Congo, and Goucher STAND Members: Chiara Collette, Cailin Barker, Laura Henry, Katie Mowrer, Gab Spear, Christina Murphy.

7pm: Batza Room: Conflict Minerals Panel: Discussion of Conflict Minerals, the metals and minerals we use in some electronic products, which are fueling conflict in the Congo.


Sasha Lezhnev: Policy Consultant at Enough Project, where he focuses on peace and conflict minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, an organization that helps former child soldiers in Uganda.

Anieri Okure: Member of the Order of Preachers; Dominican Province of St. Joseph the Worker (Nigeria-Ghana). Served in various pastoral capacities in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the United States. Since 2003, contributed to research projects at Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research including the study of the movements of international priests and their impact on local church communities.

Laura Saey: Assistant professor of Political Science at Morehouse College, writes “Texas in Africa”, an Academic blog about African politics, security, development, and advocacy. Conducted extensive dissertation fieldwork in the Kivu provinces.

Daniel Solomon: Junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, in Washington, DC, National Burma Education Coordinator in June 2009, and subsequently served as National Advocacy Coordinator during the 2010-2011 school year. Active member of the Georgetown International Relations Club, and a contributor at PolicyMic.

Moderator: Eric Singer: Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Goucher College, has written numerous publications on international relations and African politics.

Wednesday, February 29th:

7pm: Hyman Forum: John Prendergast Speaking Event

John Prendergast is 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, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity affiliated with the Center for American Progress. John has worked for the Clinton White House, the State Department, two members of Congress, the National Security 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, as well as a youth counselor and a basketball coach. He will give a lecture entitled “Enough: Making a Difference”, followed by a question and answer session and a book signing.

Thursday, March, 1st:

4pm: Kelley Lecture Hall: Film Showing The Greatest Silence: Violence against women in conflict has been called one of history’s greatest silences. This documentary, filmed in the war zones of the Democratic Republic of Congo over several months in 2006 and 2007, breaks the silence that has surrounded the tens of thousands of women and girls who have been kidnapped, raped, sexually enslaved and tortured in that country’s intractable civil war.

7pm: Batza Room: Women in the Congo Panel: Discussion on Women and Sexual Violence in the Congo, and the current situation for women in the Congo.


Amy Ernst: Currently working in North Kivu with COPERMA, a local organization that has started ten centers for rape victims, demobilized child-soldiers, and displaced children and families. Writes the blog, The King Effect, and frequently contributes to Nicholas D. Kristof’s blog, On The Ground, for the New York Times.

Dr. Lee Ann De Reus: Lee Ann De Reus is associate professor of human development & family studies and women’s studies at Penn State Altoona. She has spent time working with rape victims in DR Congo, and founded The Panzi Foundation, a non-profit organization which raises funds for programs at Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo which specializes in treating survivors of sexual violence. Dr. De Reus was also recently named a Carl Wilkens Fellow by the Genocide Intervention Network.

Ms. Mireille Tushiminina: A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and a graduate of Northeastern University, Ms. Tushiminina is currently the co-founder and executive director of the Shalupe Foundation. The Shalupe Foundation is a non-profit which works in DR Congo and runs programs to empower disenfranchised women personally and economically. She is also the founder of the Women United for the Advancement of African Countries (WUAAC) initiative, which works to engage the African diaspora in the development of Africa.

Moderator: Seble Dawit: Chair of the Peace Studies department at Goucher College, has practiced international human rights law.

Friday, March 2nd:

3:30pm: Batza Room: Film Screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell: The extraordinary story of a small band of Liberian women who came together in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.

3pm – 8pm: Haebler Memorial Chapel: The chapel will be open for those who wish to reflect on the events in the Congo.

7pm: Goucher Chapel: Congo Vigil: Hosted by Cynthia Terry, the Goucher College Chaplain. Join us in a time for reflection and remembrance for those in the Congo.

9pm – 1am: Congolese Music at the Gopher Hole: Come wrap up the week by enjoying some Congolese music with your friends.

Ongoing Events:

Pennies for Panzi: Throughout the week there will be coin jars throughout campus when students are encouraged to donate their change. This money goes to a space for the children of rape survivors in Aire De Jeux, while their mothers heal at the nearby Panzi Hospital. The funds that are raised will provide medical care, food, shoes, books, uniforms, and a teacher for the children.

Congo Week Book Display: The library will host a Congo-themed book display throughout the week. You can find the exhibit just inside the level three stacks on the main floor.


Welcome to Congo Week at Goucher‘s Worpress!

Please find information about events, speakers, Conflict Free Campus Initiative, and further reading on the links to the right.