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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