Ethiopia Forum: Symposia and Panel Discussions on current events in Ethiopia

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:30am to Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 12:30pm
International Center Room 115

Ethiopia Forum

Faculty from Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University and other scholars from around the MSU community have launched an Ethiopia Forum with symposia and panel discussions to take place at the International Center, Room 115, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, over the weekend of March 22, 2019 (during the Adwa Victory Month and the year designated as Year of Global Africa).  The Forum will explore the challenges and opportunities to transition to constitutional democracy in Ethiopia, and a way forward for a united and peaceful Ethiopia and its neighbors.  The principal objective of the Forum will be primarily educational with a focus to promote open and healthy debates and discussions on key themes that are of critical importance for Ethiopia’s future.  The Prospectus of the Forumis attached. The Forum is intended for knowledgeable academic and public intellectuals with expertise on the region to apply reality-based analysis and offer policy options for a united, peaceful and democratic Ethiopia. The symposium papers (up to ten pages of pithy compositions) and brief reports of the panel presentations will be edited into a monograph for dissemination to various audiences including personalities in the Ethiopian national leadership and institutions and organizations in Ethiopia and elsewhere whose mission is to make Ethiopia become a united, peaceful, modern, and progressive state.

Program Components

  • Symposia featuring invited speakers, Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Room 115 International Center
  • Keynote address and dinner/reception: Saturday, March 23, 2019, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Kellogg Center
  • Panel discussions led by invited panelists, Sunday, March 24, 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, 115, Room 115 International Center

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