Over 1,000 to Convene at Clark University for International Summit on Conflict Minerals and Violence in Congo

Students from 40 Colleges and Universities, Prominent NGO Directors, Academics, and Policy Makers to Participate in First of its Kind Event

Sep 14, 2011, 10:43 ET from Clark University

WORCESTER, Mass., Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 people from around the globe will travel to Clark University on September 24th to participate in an international summit on Informed Activism: Scarce Resources, Armed Conflict and Congo.  Convened by the University's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, in partnership with Los Angeles based Jewish World Watch, the summit will shine a bright light on the conflict minerals trade, mass violence in Congo, and its effects on local populations and global consumers alike.  The minerals fueling this conflict end up in popular electronics products such as cell phones, MP3 players, game consoles and laptops, and thus connect consumers to the conflict there.

The summit has garnered unprecedented attention.  Students from nearly 40 colleges and universities (including Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Penn, and Yale), directors and aid workers from 32 non-governmental organizations that work on the ground in Africa, representatives from the U.S. State Department, policy makers, and leading experts will examine the problem of scarce resources and conflict in Africa – and solutions to the problem.

"Our aim is to increase public awareness about the violence happening every day on the ground in Congo, the systematic use of rape as a weapon to control whole communities, and what role the United States and its citizens should, and must, play as consumers," said Deborah Dwork, Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University.

"The outpouring of interest reflects student demand to be informed consumers and responsible world citizens," said Dr. Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland, convener of the summit and Academic Program Officer at the Strassler Center.

Conflict minerals from Congo have been increasingly on the radar of many activists because the multi-million dollar trade helps fund armed militia groups embroiled in a decade-long conflict that has left millions of Africans dead.  The summit will feature Congolese leaders including the keynote speaker, Knights International Journalism Award recipient Chouchou Namegabe, whose work addresses the link between conflict minerals and sexual violence.

The event is open to members of the press.  Visit www.clarku.edu/informedactivism for more information.


Jorge Martinez

Steinreich Communications



SOURCE Clark University