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Scholar and Human Rights Activist to Give Annual Donahue Scholar Lecture

October 02, 2015

Lee Ann De Reus, PhD, associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State-Altoona and an advocate for human rights and women's rights in Africa, will give the 2015 Distinguished Donahue Scholar lecture on October 6.

The talk, sponsored by the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, will be held at 2 pm in de Witt Hall and is open to the entire Lasell community.

De Reus is co-founder of Panzi Foundation USA and travels regularly to Panzi Hospital in eastern Congo to conduct research, develop programs for rape survivors, and inform her advocacy work in the U.S.

In addition to giving the speech, titled Daring to Make a Difference: Activism, Congo and Finding Your Voice for Global Change, De Reus will meet with students over the course of several days in classes to discuss activism, international outreach and women's rights.

De Reus is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow and the recipient of numerous awards from Penn State University including the prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Spirit of Internationalization Award given in honor of her commitment to global service and outreach. She leads the Genocide Relief Project, a local community-based anti-genocide advocacy, education and aid organization and she is a featured activist in John Prendergast's book, The Enough Moment: Fighting to End Africa's Worst Human Rights Crimes.

A guest blogger for Women Under Siege and speaker about the crisis in the DRC, her 2013 presentations include TEDxPSU, Daring to Make a Difference for Congo  and the Oslo Freedom Forum, A Different Kind of Warfare.