Human rights activist John Prendergast is coming to the College of Charleston on Thursday to discuss "10 Building Blocks for Making a Difference: In Africa and in Your Own Neighborhood."

The Department of Political Science is hosting Prendergast. The event, which starts at 4 p.m. in Physician's Memorial Auditorium in downtown Charleston, is free and open to the public.

Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author who 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. With the project, Prendergast has traveled to Africa with celebrities, including George Clooney and NBA star Tracy McGrady, along with a variety of national TV networks.

Prendergast also has worked for the Clinton White House, the U.S. State Department, two members of Congress, the National Intelligence Council, UNICEF, Human Rights Watch and the U.S. Institute of Peace, among others. He is the author or co-author of 10 books.

For more, contact professor Chris Day at or 953-6617.