Event

Columbia University Event: "Congo's Promise Elections, Natural Resources, and Foreign Actors: Sources of Conflict or Peace?"

Tuesday, November 20, 2007 - 4:00PM to 5:30PM

Congo's Promise Elections, natural resources, and foreign actors: sources of conflict or peace?

Film screening and discussion with reporter Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Introduction by Bill Berkeley, SIPA professor and Pulitzer Center Advisory Council member

Monday, November 20th

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Room 1512, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

118th street and Amsterdam Avenue, New York City.

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele traveled through his native Congo in June and July on a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover one of the most under-reported conflicts in the world today.

SIPA students Jeca Taudte and Cary McClelland joined Mvemba to produce a short film on the links between coltan and conflict in the DRC. The resulting video, "Congo's Bloody Coltan," aired recently on Public Television and will be screened at the talk.

In October, Mvemba returned to the DRC to serve as an elections monitor for the Carter Center.

Joined by Pulitzer Center Staff and Jeca and Cary, he will discuss the elections process, small arms trade, the tension over mineral resources and the role of the international community in the DRC today.