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John Prendergast, an African affairs expert and author, speaks in Washington at the National Press Club studios, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. Prendergast will be the keynote speaker at the annual World Leaders Lecture Forum on Wed., Sept. 11, 2013, at the University of Utah.

SALT LAKE CITY — Author and human rights activist John Prendergast will be the keynote speaker at the annual World Leaders Lecture Forum, sponsored by the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center.

Titled “A Changing Africa,” Prendergast’s lecture will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, 11 a.m., in Libby Gardner Hall, 1375 E. Presidents Circle. The event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Prendergast will show how Hollywood portrays Africa in a hopeless state and then reveal the contrasting reality.

“John is one of the key voices addressing the state of human rights in Africa and around the world,” says Bob Goldberg, professor of history and director of the Tanner Humanities Center.

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Prendergast has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity.

A free screening of “War Child,” a documentary co-starring Prendergast, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., at the Broadway Centre Cinemas, 111 E. 300 South. It tells the story of hip-hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war, who now works to bring peace to his country and build schools throughout Africa.