Symposium on Darfur crisis to be held February 23

Author: Michael O. Garvey


A symposium on the crisis in the Darfur region of westernSudanwill be held from3:30to9:30p.m.Feb. 23 (Wednesday) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

The symposium, organized by Notre Dame students with help from the Center for Social Concerns and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, will examine the international policy issues and principles affected by the conflict in Darfur, where the Sudanese government and its militias are engaged in theethnic cleansingof largely Muslim villages, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and an estimated 1.8 million refugees.

The principal speakers in the symposium will be John Prendergast, former advisor on Africa to President Clinton and special advisor to the president of the International Crisis Group, who recently led a delegation of U.S. Congressional representatives to Darfur to survey the impact of civil war and genocide; Francis Deng, a research professor at Johns Hopkins Universitys Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and former special representative of the United Nations secretary-general, who is considered one of the foremost authorities on sub-Saharan African refugee movements; and Larry Minear, director of the Humanitarianism and War Project at Tufts University, who served in Operation Life-Line Sudan in the 1980s and has written extensively on the politics of human rights and international crisis intervention.

The symposium is sponsored by theCollegeofArtsand Letters, the Provosts Office, theKroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Office of the President Emeritus, the Department of African and African-American Studies, the Center for Social Concerns and the Notre Dame Holocaust Project.

The speakers’ schedule is available at:

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