Friday, December 16, 2011

George Ayittey: Cheetahs Vs. Hippos For Africa's Future

Ghanaian Economist, Professor George Ayittey, Unleashes A Torrent Of Controlled Anger Toward Corrupt Leaders in Africa --And Calls On The Cheetah Generation To Take Back The Continent.
Professor George Ayittey

-Watch Professor's Ayitey's Speech-


Friday, December 9, 2011

Chidi Achebe Receives The Martin Luther King Social Justice Award From Dartmouth College

Ivy-League University honors Dr. Achebe For His Ongoing Commitment To The Quest Of Bridging Health Care Disparities That Exist Amongst America’s Most Vulnerable And Underserved Populations.
On Friday, January 27, 2012, Harvard Street Health Center President and CEO Chidi Achebe MD, MPH, MBA will be awarded Dartmouth College’s 2012 Martin Luther King Social Justice Award.  

Dr. Chidi Achebe (DM Magazine)

Dr. Chidi Achebe will receive the Ongoing Commitment category of the Martin Luther King Social Justice Award by Dartmouth College in recognition of his ongoing commitment to the quest of bridging health care disparities that exist amongst America’s most vulnerable and underserved populations.
“I am absolutely delighted and deeply honored to have been selected to receive such a prestigious award.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity to serve such wonderful patients on a daily basis and to be part of the family of servants who want to improve health care for all” Dr. Achebe said.

Dr. Achebe completed undergraduate studies in natural sciences, history and philosophy at Bard College; received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, his MD at Dartmouth Medical School and an MBA degree at Yale University's School of Management.
He also completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, TX.
For a brief period, Dr. Chidi Achebe served as Medical Director of the Whittier Street Health Center; he then served as Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, Medical Director of Harvard Street Health Center before his appointment as the President and CEO of the Harvard Street Health Center.

After several years of work at various Boston health centers, Dr. Achebe now sees "the struggle against inequalities in health and health care for all vulnerable, underserved Americans, as the next stage of the Civil Rights movement;" and has dedicated his life's work to helping to solve the conundrum of health care inequity in America's health care system.

Dr. Achebe Attending To A Patient
(DM Magazine)
Dr. Achebe makes church calls, and speaks at youth summits, conventions, conferences, schools, barber shops - focal gathering areas where he can reach underserved patients - reminding the community of the value of health, preventive care, and the quality of service readily available at Harvard Street.
While expanding his unique implementation of “medicine without borders,” Achebe works as a passionate advocate for the global community through his writings that call attention to worldwide health concerns such as the HIV/AIDs pandemic and Prostate Cancer.

His efforts have earned him a featured TV appearance on Basic Black; profile in the Boston Globe and AOL Black Voices, an interview on WUMB-FM's Commonwealth Journal (interviewed by the legendary Barbara Neely); and feature length articles in several international periodicals, journals, and newspapers.
Through his years of work, Dr. Achebe has become a leader in the battle for healthcare equality and serves on several boards and committees where he continues his passion to be at the vanguard of the quest to bridge disparities that exist in the health care system.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

2011 Achebe Colloquium On Africa: Schedule Of Activities


All Panels Will Take Place In The Martinos Auditorium Of The Perry And Marty Granoff Center For The Creative Arts...
Participants Subject To Change

Saturday, December 3, 2011

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Ruth Simmons, President, Brown University

Opening Address
Emeka Anyaoku, Chief, Former Secretary General of British Commonwealth

9:00 am – 10:15 am
The Arab Spring: Challenges to Democratization and Nation Building
·         MODERATOR: Peter M. Lewis, Associate Professor and Director of Africana Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University
·         Daniel Serwer, The Center for Transatlantic Relations, American Consortium on European Union Studies, EU Center of Excellence, Johns Hopkins University
·         Abdelwahab El-Affendi, Coordinator, Democracy and Islam Programme Centre for the Study of Democracy; University of Westminster
·         Chibli Mallat, The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques; Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School
·         Richard Joseph, John Evans Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
·         Ali Mazrui, Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies, Binghamton University

 10:30 am – 11:45am
Arab Spring 2011: Prognosticators Roundtable
·         MODERATOR: Darren Kew, Associate Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance; Executive Director of the Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development, University of Massachusetts
·         Emmad Shahin, Henry R. Luce Associate Professor of Religion, University of Notre Dame
·         Lina Khatib, Program Manager for the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy, Stanford University
·         Tarek Masoud, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University
·         Stuart Krusell, Associate Director, Office of External Relations, MIT

12:45pm – 1:15 pm
Keynote Address
Ali Suleiman Aujali, Libyan Ambassador to the United States

1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Darfur: Towards Sustainable Peace
·         MODERATOR: Lina M. Fruzzetti, Royce Family Professor in Teaching Excellence and Professor of Anthropology, Brown University
·         Alex de Waal, Program Director, HIV/AIDS and Social Transformation, Social Science Research Council
·         Ali B. Dinar, Associate Director, The African Studies Program, University of Pennsylvania
·         Eddie Thomas, Fellow, The Rift Valley Institute
·         Christa Capozzola, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID
·         Ryan Spencer Reed, Photographer

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Southern Sudan: Obstacles Facing the World’s Newest Nation
·         MODERATOR: Roger Middleton, Chatham House
·         Thomas Kwasi Tieku, Director, African Studies, University of Toronto
·         Lant Pritchett, Professor of Economic Development, Harvard University
·         Jehanne Henry, Senior Researcher for Sudan and South Sudan, Human Rights Watch
·         Rebecca Hamilton, Journalist and Author, Pulitzer Center
·         Eric Reeves, Smith College

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Keynote Address
John Schram, Former Canadian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Angola, Ethiopia, Eritrea and the Sudan; High Commissioner to Ghana and Sierra Leone; Distinguished Senior Fellow, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Senior Fellow, Centre for International Relations, Queen’s University

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Literature and the Spoken Word
* This event will take place in the George Houston Bass Performing Arts Space in Churchill House located at
155 Angell Street
·         MODERATOR: Raphael d’Abdon
·         Twin Poets
·         Titillate Sonuga
·         Offiong Bassey  
Presiding: Nduka Otiono, Postdoctoral Fellow, Africana Studies, Brown University

Sunday, December 4, 2011
8:30 am – 9:00 am
Corey D. B. Walker, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Brown University

Opening Address
Chinua Achebe, David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of Africana Studies, Brown University

9:00 am – 10:15 am
China and the United States in Africa: Cooperation or Confrontation?
·      MODERATOR: Olakunle George, Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, Brown University
·      Robert Rotberg, Director, Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Harvard University; President, World Peace Foundation 
·      Walter Carrington, Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria
·      James J. Hentz, Head of Department and Professor of International Studies & Political Science, Virginia Military Institute
·      Scott D. Taylor, Director of African Studies, Georgetown University
·      Omer Ismail, Senior Policy Advisor, The Enough! Project
·      Deborah Brautigam, School of International Service, American University

10:30 am – 11:45 am 
China’s Presence in Africa: Collaboration or Colonialism?
·         MODERATOR: Tijan Sallah, Senior Economist, The World Bank
·         Richard Dowden, Director, Royal African Society of London
·         Matt Wells, Researcher, Human Rights Watch
·         Muna B. Ndulo, Professor of Law, Director of Institute for African Development, Cornell University
·         Brent Huffman, Assistant Professor, Medill School of Journalism Northwestern University
·         Tony Gambino, Consultant and Former Mission Director, USAID Congo
·         Xiaohon He, Professor of International Business, Quinnipiac University

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Keynote Address
David Shinn, Former United States Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, The George Washington University

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm 
Zimbabwe: Prospects for a Stable Democracy or Dictatorship?
·      MODERATOR: Corey D. B. Walker, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Brown University
·      Alex Vines, Research Director, Royal Institute of International Affairs; Chair of Africa Program, Chatham House
·      Blair Rutherford, Director of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University  
·      John Campbell, Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Senior Fellow for African Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
·      Robert Rotberg, Director, Program on Intrastate Conflict and Conflict Resolution, Harvard University; President, World Peace Foundation 
·      Chitsaka Chipaziwa, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to the United Nations
·      C. E. Onukaogu, Resident Commissioner, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anambra State, Nigeria
·      Vivian Nkechinyere Enomoh, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Anambra State, Nigeria

3:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Literature: The Spoken Word
MODERATOR: Alastair Niven, Principal, Cumberland Lodge
Chinua Achebe
Sonia Sanchez
Jayne Cortez
Yusef Komunyakaa
Obiora Udechukwu
 Bassey Ikpi



2011 Achebe Colloquium To Explore Arab Spring, Zimbabwean And Darfur Crises

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