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Natural Resources: A Boon or Curse for the Democratic Republic of Congo?

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Jewett Center for the Performing Arts at Westminster College

1840 South 1300 East

Salt Lake City, UT 84105

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The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy's Ambassador John Price & Marcia Price World Affairs Lecture Series is thrilled to welcome Mr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele who will examine the causes and reasons that sustain the gap between natural resources and poverty in one of the world’s richest countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo. The D.R. Congo holds some the world’s largest deposits of copper, diamond, cobalt, manganese, coltan, tungsten, tin and uranium, is home to the Congo River - the world’s second most powerful river after the Amazon, and continues to garner international attention because of its vast rainforest. He will discuss that despite these rich, natural resources and potential, the D.R. Congo is known as a geological scandal and is ranked among the poorest countries as it has been plagued by failed leadership, bad governance, and conflict for the past two decades.

Mr. Dizolele is a writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist, in addition to being a professorial lecturer in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a senior associate in the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a member of the DRC Affinity Group. He has testified before several subcommittees of the two chambers of the United States Congress and the United Nations Security Council.

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Does this lecture cost money?

The World Affairs Lecture Series is free and open to the public. However, registration is required.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

While all ages are welcome to attend, due to the content of the lecture, we recommend ages 12+.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking is available on Westminster College campus. A parking permit is not required. Click here to view the campus map. (This lecture is held in building #18. For optimal parking, we suggest parking lot B.)

Will refreshments be available before the lecture?

UCCD invites the public to attend a small meet and greet reception with the guest lecturer at 6:00 pm; The lecture begins at 7:00 pm. We serve tiny savory and sweet bites, as well as water and other libations. However, we are not able to accommodate dietary restrictions. Food and beverages are not allowed in the lecture halls.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For all other additional questions, please contact Felecia Maxfield-Barrett at fmbarrett@utahdiplomacy.org | 801.832.3273 | utahdiplomacy.org


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