On Feb. 17, at Claremont McKenna College’s Athenaeum, author and activist John Prendergast gave a talk titled, “Good News Stories from Africa: How Hollywood and the Media Get it Wrong.” Prendergast has worked in Africa for over 30 years during which he helped bring an end to the Eritrean-Ethiopian War in the late 1990s. In his talk, Prendergast addressed the disparity between the media’s often negative, incorrect portrayal of Africa and the promising reality of life and society in Africa.
Prendergast has achieved numerous accomplishments, some of which include authoring and co-authoring 10 books; working for the Clinton administration, Humans Rights Watch, UNICEF, and more; and working as the founding director of the ENOUGH Project, an organization that strives to put an end to genocide and atrocities. In addition, he has appeared in numerous documentaries, talk shows, and the film The Good Lie about Sudanese refugees and starring Reese Witherspoon.
The talk was hosted and sponsored by CMC’s Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, an organization that aims to address crimes against humanity by promoting student advocacy, funding human rights research, and encouraging study of historical crimes against humanity.