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May 4th Symposium on Democracy, April 28-29

Posted Apr. 18, 2011

Kent State University’s 12th Annual May 4th Symposium on Democracy: Democracy and Violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, will be held on April 28-29  This year’s focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo will bring in national and international experts to examine critical issues of sexual violence, the representation of women, extractive industries, and existing and potential democratic grassroots efforts in the conflict zones (see full schedule below).

We ask that all KSU faculty encourage students to attend as much of the conference as possible.  Please let us know if you have any questions about the conference, or about how to offer extra credit to those students who attend some aspect of the conference. We will have volunteers available to give students proof of attendance.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Conference Organizing Committee:

Dr. Monika Flaschka (Department of History) (
Dr. Tim Scarnecchia (Department of History) (
Dr. Suzanne Holt (Women’s Studies Program) (
Dr. Wendy Wilson-Fall (Department of Pan-African Studies) (

Pre-conference events include a photo exhibit entitled “Beyond the ‘Victim’: Images of the Daily Lives of Women ‘Victims’ of Sexual Violence in the Eastern DRC.”  These photos, by Emory Anthropology PhD candidate and photojournalist Aubrey Graham are showing in the Oscar Ritchie Hall Gallery until April 29.

There will also be a screening of The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo (76 min) on Monday April 25 from 7 to 9 pm in Oscar Ritchie Hall 214; Dr. Suzanne Holt, director of the Women’s Studies Program, will introduce the film and conduct a discussion.  The conference will be Thursday April 28 and Friday April 29. For Program, click here.