The December 2016 transition of power from Joseph Kabila's decade-long term in office was meant to be a peaceful one; the first of its kind in the nation's history. Instead, President Kabila postponed elections, violently quashed protests, and jailed political opponents. The political crisis threatened to undermine two decades of work by Congolese and the international community to stabilize and democratize the country after years of dictatorship and war.
Pulitzer Center grantee Michael Kavanagh discusses his reporting on the constitutional crisis in the Democractic Republic of the Congo at the College of William & Mary on Monday, September 18, 2017.
This event takes place as part of the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium partnership with William & Mary and includes class visits by Kavanagh to discuss his work. Kavanagh also joins journalist Stephanie Hanes, another Pulitzer Center grantee and author of "White Man's Game: Saving Animals, Rebuilding Eden, and Other Myths of Conservation in Africa," and Steve Sapienza, Pulitzer Center senior producer, for the 2017 kick-off of the Sharp Writer-in-Residence Program, now in its seventh year.
Kavanagh's September 18 talk is free and open to the public.