The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Peaceful Transitions: Peacebuilding and Elections

5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21

The Catholic University of America
Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom
3600 John McCormack Road, N.E.
Washington, D.C.

John Katunga, a Kenyan expert on peacebuilding, will discuss the turmoil surrounding that country's most recent elections in a panel with The Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, who will draw parallels to the upcoming U.S. elections.

Katunga is regional technical adviser for peace building and justice for Catholic Relief Services in East Africa. A Kenyan native, Katunga will speak about that country's recent presidential elections, the ensuing violence and efforts at peace-making, including a recent power-share agreement. Dionne, a senior fellow with the Brookings Institution and a columnist for The Washington Post, will respond to Katunga's assessment in the context of U.S. elections just two weeks away.

Rev. Michael Perry, O.F.M., advocacy officer for Africa at Franciscans International, will moderate the panel. Father Perry recently served as foreign policy adviser for African affairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The panel is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Professor of Social Work Frederick Ahearn at

CUA's Center for International Social Development, Catholic Relief Services and the Franciscan Action Network

For more information or to cover the event, please contact Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.