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March 9, 2010

Albright College Announces Speakers
for May Baccalaureate and Commencement

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Reading, Pa. - This year’s Commencement address will be given by John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. During the Clinton administration, Prendergast was involved in a number of peace processes in Africa while he was director of African Affairs at the National Security Council and special adviser to the Department of State. Prendergast has also worked for members of Congress, the United Nations, human rights organizations, and think tanks, as well as having been a youth counselor and basketball coach in the United States.

He has authored eight books on Africa, including Not on Our Watch, a New York Times bestseller and NAACP non-fiction book of the year that he co-authored with actor Don Cheadle. Prendergast is now working on two new books, one that focuses on his 20 years in the Big Brother program, and the other on human rights and peace advocacy. He has helped produce documentaries, consulted on movie scripts, and was part of a series of episodes of CBS' “60 Minutes” which earned an Emmy Award for Best Continuing News Coverage. With NBA stars Tracy McGrady and Derek Fisher, he co-founded the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program, which connects schools in the United States with schools in the Darfurian refugee camps. He also helped create the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign aimed at ending violence against women and girls in the Congo.

His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the International Herald Tribune, and he has been profiled in Vanity Fair, Men's Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, Capitol File, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is a visiting professor at the University of San Diego, Eckerd College and the American University in Cairo.

This year’s Baccalaureate speaker will be Dorothy Watson Tatem, D.Min. Tatem served on the Albright College Board of Trustees from 1998 – 2008, and was recently appointed district superintendent of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church (EPCUMC) by Bishop Peggy A. Johnson. She began serving the 70 churches in the East District on July 1, 2009. 

Previously, she served as director of the Office of Urban & Global Ministries, which serves approximately 115 congregations in the 18 urban areas of the EPCUMC, and as director of the Office of Resourcing, which assisted with churches in transitions, long-range planning, partnering in ministry with the community and conflict management. She also served as senior pastor of Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church in Philadelphia, which experienced significant new membership growth during her tenure.

Tatem received a doctor of ministry degree from Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary (N.Y.); a master of education degree from Beaver College (now Arcadia University); and a bachelor of science degree from Temple University.  She has also trained to be a coach for churches in transformation, and was presented with an honorary doctor of divinity degree from Albright College in 2003.

For more information contact the Albright College Relations Office at 610-921-7526 or jstoudt@albright.edu.

Founded in 1856, Albright College is a nationally ranked, private college with a rigorous liberal arts curriculum with an interdisciplinary focus. The College’s hallmarks are connecting fields of learning, collaborative teaching and learning, and a flexible curriculum that allows students to create an individualized education. Two-thirds of students graduate with dual/individualized majors in more than 200 different combinations. Albright enrolls about 1,625 undergraduates in traditional programs, another 500 adult students in accelerated degree programs, and 100 students in the master’s program in education. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.