UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
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April 3, 2012
Human-rights activist John Prendergast – a nominee for TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2012 – is UMass Lowell’s 2012 Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies. Mr. Prendergast recently testified on Capitol Hill and was arrested along with actor George Clooney to protest conditions in Sudan and South Sudan. He is featured in the “KONY 2012” documentary – viewed more than 80 million times online – that seeks to bring accused Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony to justice.
Mr. Prendergast has spent 25 years working to stop human-rights violations around the world and foster peace in Africa. Co-founder of The Enough Project, he is also a board member and adviser to Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Don Cheadle’s humanitarian-aid group, Not on Our Watch. Prendergast has worked for the Clinton administration, the U.S. Department of State, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch, the National Intelligence Council, the International Crisis Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others.