Global Engagement Speaker Series: An Informal Conversation with Catherine Odora Hoppers

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
110 Chittenden Hall, 466 W. Circle Dr, East Lansing MI 48824

Catherine Odora Hoppers

Professor, Department of Science and Technology, and National Research Foundation South African

Research Chair in Development Education, University of South Africa

Born in Uganda, Odora Hoppers first studied in her home country and in Zambia before becoming a Swedish citizen and completing her doctorate in social sciences at Stockholm University. She has since forged a multifaceted career as a scholar and policy adviser, serving many leading international organizations in education, gender policy, disarmament, and intellectual property rights. Professor Hoppers received the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award in 2015. The award is given to an African who has distinguished himself or herself in public leadership positions. Hoppers's principal areas of interest include: building capacity for trans-disciplinary basic and applied research in support of Africa's development; providing support to policy formulation and implementation for sustainable development and human security in Africa and internationally; promoting the social and economic justice agenda including the rights of local communities; and promoting dialogue across cultures and epistemologies by developing protocols for respectful cultural exchange, strengthening the enfranchisement of Africans, and promoting endogenous research.

Join Dr. Hoppers from 12:30 - 1:30 for an informal conversation before her lecture. Lunch will be provided. Please register by sending an email to with your name, department affiliation, and “Global Engagement Speaker Series” in the subject line

For more information and registration for her 3PM talk can be found at

Global Engagement Speaker Series Flyer (PDF)