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Congo Week 2012

Release date: February 27, 2012

Goucher College will host a series of events from Monday, February 27, to Friday, March 2, to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has claimed more than 5 million lives.

Events throughout the week include "Pennies for Panzi" and a Congo week book display. In "Pennies for Panzi" students are encouraged to donate their change to coin jars around campus. This money will provide medical care, food, shoes, books, uniforms, and a teacher for the children of rape survivors while their mothers heal. In the book display, the Goucher library will host a Congo-themed exhibition throughout the week just inside the stacks on the main floor.

Other Congo Week happenings include:

Congo 101 Information Sessions
Monday, February 27; 1, 3, and 5 p.m.
Geen Community Center

Goucher Peace Studies students will give basic information sessions about the conflict in the Congo. The sessions will include screenings of the Friends of the Congo's short film Crisis in the Congo.

Conflict-Free Campus Initiative Information Session
Tuesday, February 28, 3 p.m.
Geen Community Center

Raise Hope for Congo and Goucher STAND Members will introduce Goucher's Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, part of a nationwide campaign to build consumer support for conflict-free electronics that do not finance war in eastern Congo.

Conflict Minerals Panel
Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m.
Batza Room, the Athenaeum
Moderator Eric Singer, associate professor of political science and international relations, will lead a discussion about conflict minerals, the metals and minerals used in some electronic products that fuel conflict in the Congo.

Peace Studies Presents John Prendergast
Wednesday, February 29,
7 p.m.
Hyman Forum, the Athenaeum

John Prendergast is a human-rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years. He will give a lecture titled "Enough: Making a Difference," followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. Prendergast is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity, affiliated with the Center for American Progress. This event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance by logging on to www.goucher.edu/tickets or by calling 410-337-6333.

Film Screening: The Greatest Silence
Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m.
Kelley Lecture Hall

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 during the country's civil war.

Women in the Congo Panel
Thursday, March 1, 7 p.m.
Batza Room, the Athenaeum
Community members are invited to participate in a discussion on women and sexual violence in the Congo.

Reflection in Chapel
Friday, March 2, 3 to 8 p.m.

Haebler Memorial Chapel
The chapel will be open for reflection on the conflict in Congo and the many people it has affected.

Film Screening: Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Friday, March 2,
3:30 p.m.
Batza Room, the Athenaeum

This film tells 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 won a long-awaited peace for their shattered country in 2003.

Congo Vigil
Friday, March 2,
7 p.m.
Haebler Memorial
Goucher College Chaplain Cynthia Terry will host time for reflection and remembrance for those lost during the conflict in the Congo.

Congo Music Event
Friday, March 2, 9 p.m.
Gopher Hole
Wrap up the week by listening to some Congolese music with tea and coffee.

For more information on the week, sponsored by Goucher College's Peace Studies Program and STAND chapter, see http://gouchercongoweek.wordpress.com/.