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The Jenks Center

The Democratic Republic of Congo with Theodore Trefon

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The Democratic Republic of Congo with Theodore Trefon
The Democratic Republic of Congo with Theodore Trefon

Time & Location

Apr 14, 2023, 1:00 PM EDT

The Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Rd, Winchester, MA 01890, USA

About the Event

Dr Trefon’s Jenks Center talk will introduce the DRC to a curious audience as to why Congo matters to the global political economy. Talking points will include the importance of the Congo’s dense tropical rainforest for biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation, its rich mineral reserves (such as cobalt and lithium so crucial for the transition towards a green economy), and its agriculture potential – capable of feeding the entire population of the African continent. Despite its amazing potential, ordinary Congolese are amongst the poorest people on the planet. Pundits suggest that this country of over 100 million inhabitants is condemned to perpetually be the land of the future. A lively debate on that paradox is expected at Jenks. 

Sponsored by the John and Mary Murphy Foundation.

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