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Africana Diplomacy: The U.N. Experience on April 2
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The Africana Panel Discussion Series is being organized to provide an avenue for critical discourse between policy makers, activists, and scholars whose work and passions are devoted to the peoples of African descent. This first panel analyses the role of the United Nations as it relates to Africana.

The United Nations (U.N.) was created at a time when a majority of people of African descent were still under political subjugation and colonialism. Some 60 years later, and with much of Africana now exercising autonomous diplomacy, many wonder what U.N. lessons can be learned from the African, African American and the Americas/Caribbean perspectives.

The event will be held at the Faculty Lounge, University Center, on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, at 6:15-9:00 p.m. Speakers include the following individuals.

  • Frederick S. Arkhurst, former ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ghana to the United Nations, Harvard Fellow and author, "African Diplomacy."
  • Malaak Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, and Board Member of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center in Harlem. Ms. Shabazz also works at the United Nations.
  • Robert Van Lierop, former Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Vanuatu to the United Nations and Vice President of 43rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He edited the volume "Return to the Source: Selected Speeches by Amilcar Cabral."
  • Dr. Assefaw Bariagaber, Professor and Chair of the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, will moderate the event.

For more information please contact:
Dr. Kwame Akonor
(973) 275-2524


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