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Exhibit 12: Risk: The Democratic Republic of Congo Edition Department of Writing Studies

Bernadette Longo
Associate Professor
blongo@umn.edu
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Douglas Ernie
Associate Professor
Computer and Electrical Engineering
ernie@umn.edu

Gerald Sobelman
Associate Professor
Computer and Electrical Engineering
sobelman@umn.edu

This educational documentary project tells the story of women entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). To put a human face on historic power shifts, the fight for natural resources, and globalization, our story will feature two to four entrepreneurs and highlight the cultural, political, and socio-economic issues facing the Katanga Province in DRC. In recounting the complex logistical issues of bringing food produced in rural areas to market in urban Lubumbashi, we hope to help audiences understand who the players are in this complex region and how the U.S. is connected to this region through mobile phones. We hope to create a call-to-action, which will include classroom projects, political awareness, and research projects. This means looking at interdisciplinary questions related to long-term consequences of our cultural, societal, and personal actions, as well as framing issues related to definitions of abundance and scarcity.

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