October 08, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Gerard Prunier will give the talk, "Darfur, Genocide, and the Humanitarian Crisis in Africa," Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is sponsored by the Residential College Program, the International Relations Program, and the Office of the Provost.

A researcher at the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique in Paris, Prunier is the former director of the French Center for Ethiopian Studies in Addis-Ababa. He received his Ph.D. in African History from the University of Paris in 1981 and joined the Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique in Paris in 1984.

He was a key figure in the French Ministry Defense's crisis unit in Rwanda, which oversaw France's intervention in Operation Turquoise, a plan to protect displaced persons, refugees and civilians in danger in Rwanda by establishing humanitarian safe zones in the country.

Prunier has done extensive research on Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa, publishing approximately 120 articles and five books over the past 18 years. His latest publications are The Rwanda Crisis: History of the Genocide; From Genocide to Continental War: The Congolese Conflict and the Crisis of Contemporary Africa; and Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide.

"Dr. Prunier's visit to the United States includes a lecture at M.I.T. and his lecture here at Bucknell," said Steve Stamos, professor of international relations at Bucknell.

"His most recent book, Darfur:The Ambiguous Genocide has received exceptional reviews. His lecture is sure to be enlightening on a very timely topic."

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