Lezhnev will address how illegal mining of coltan, cassiterite, wolframite, and gold, by militias in that country, helps fuel one of the world's deadliest wars since World War II. Lezhnev also is the director of the Grassroots Reconciliation Group, a non-profit organization that helps former child soldiers of Uganda regain a normal life through reintegration projects.
Lezhnev will speak at noon, Nov. 4, in the Kimball Visual Arts Center Lindquist Lecture Hall. Following the presentation, Lezhnev will attend a small reception in his honor in the Shepherd Union Fireplace Lounge. The presentation is free to the public.
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