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John Prendergast to accept 2007-08 Crystal Tiger Award

Monday, April 21, 2008, 7:30 p.m. McCosh 50

Students at Princeton University have selected John Prendergast, co-founder and co-chair of the ENOUGH Project to end genocide, as the winner of the 2007-08 Crystal Tiger Award. Prendergast will accept the award, deliver an address and respond to questions during an event at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 21, in McCosh 50.

The lecture is free and tickets will be available to the public from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 14-16, at University Ticketing in the Frist Campus Center. Unfilled seats will be available on the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Crystal Tiger Award is given each year by Princeton undergraduates to individuals who have been agents of progress -- leaders, thinkers and creators who have improved society and strengthened society's values. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to enriching the human experience and who have inspired students at Princeton to pursue the same goal.

Past recipients of the annual honor include U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2006-07), Microsoft founder Bill Gates (2005-06) and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell (2004-05).

The ENOUGH Project is a Washington, D.C.-based initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. As co-chair, Prendergast travels regularly to Africa's war zones on fact-finding missions, peace-making initiatives, and awareness-raising trips involving network news programs, celebrities and politicians.

During the Clinton administration, he served as director of African affairs at the National Security Council and as special adviser at the Department of State. He later served as a senior adviser at the International Crisis Group, an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to preventing and resolving conflict.

Prendergast has written eight books on Africa, including "Not on Our Watch: The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond," a New York Times bestseller he co-wrote with actor-activist Don Cheadle. He is helping to spearhead a campaign involving the National Basketball Association and Participant Productions to widen awareness on Darfur, as well as a campaign to end the violence against women and girls in the Congo.

The Crystal Tiger Award Selection Committee members include Princeton seniors Kurt Kuehne and Adrian Ross; juniors Katie Ko and Lovell Holder; sophomores Daphne Earp and Matt Westmoreland; and freshmen Caroline Boulos and Connor Reilly.

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