Apparently, having Donald Glover perform on Wednesday wasn’t enough to fill Georgetown’s famous person quota for the month of September. Next week brings the arrival of a few more celebrities to the Hilltop, for talks not only about performing arts, but about humanitarianism and justice in Africa.
The first up is an event on Wednesday, September 14, about the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, and its speakers are actress Robin Wright, field researcher Fidel Bafilemba, and author and activist John Prendergast. Conflict-Free Campus Initiative is a national project aimed at encouraging students not to purchase electronics for which the profits fund the war in the East Congo. Wright, who recently visited Africa with Raise Hope for the Congo, is new to the organization’s growing list of celebrity endorsers, which includes the likes of Ryan Gosling.
The other two speakers are much better known for their work with justice for the Congolese. Prendergast is co-founder of The Enough Project, which aims at ending genocide and crimes against humanity, and for which Bafilemba is a researcher and blogger. The event is is co-sponsored by the Georgetown University African Studies Program, and takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night in the ICC 7th Floor Executive Conference Room. Due to limited space, students should reserve their spots in advance.
The next stop on the Georgetown Celebrity Tour is on Thursday, September 15, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hariri Building. This talk features Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, who is discussing the “role of women in the movies” as part of the McDonough School of Business’s Distinguished Leaders Lecture series. Davis, who is also an accomplished athlete and member of Mensa, is highly qualified to speak on the subject, as she is the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which promotes the improvement of women’s portrayals in entertainment, especially in those targeted towards young children. Space on this event is also limited, so RSVP is required.