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September 2015

Professor Eames on The New Africa

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Witherle Memorial Library,
41 School St.
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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Bates College Associate Professor of Anthropology, Elizabeth Eames, will speak on The New Africa, Wednesday, September 2 at 5:00 pm at the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine. Eames is the 2nd in the three-part series, The World in Your Library made possible by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council. Since the late ‘80’s, Dr. Elizabeth Eames has been teaching courses in Comparative Gender Relations, Contemporary Africa, Economic Anthropology, and, more recently, Cinema Studies. Dr. Eames received her first degree from Bryn Mawr College and her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. A book, based upon her fieldwork among the Yoruba, called “The Politics of Wealth in Southwestern Nigeria: Why Ondo’s Women Went to War” was published by Mellen Press in 2013. She is currently engaged in research with Somali immigrants to the state of Maine. She is a proud resident of Lewiston’s downtown. This presentation is hosted by…

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October 2015

Henry Kissinger and Africa (Library talk in Belfast)

October 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Belfast Free Library,
106 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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Bob Rackmales will give a talk entitled “Henry Kissinger and Africa” on Tuesday, October 13, at 6:30pm at the Belfast Free Library. This event is free and open to all. In the summer of 1975, three months after the fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War, a new front opened in the Cold War in the remote Portuguese African colony of Angola. Although Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had paid little attention to Africa in his previous years in office, his controversial decision to involve the United States in the warfare in southern Africa would have long term consequences for the people of Angola, for US relations with the USSR, Cuba and China, and for Kissinger’s reputation as a statesman. Using recently declassified US, South African and Cuban documents and graphic documentary footage, we will critically examine the events leading to the military defeat of the forces backed by the…

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Henry Kissinger and Africa (Library talk in Union)

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME),
392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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Bob Rackmales will give a talk entitled “Henry Kissinger and Africa” on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:00pm at the Vose Library in Union. This event is free and open to all. In the summer of 1975, three months after the fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War, a new front opened in the Cold War in the remote Portuguese African colony of Angola. Although Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had paid little attention to Africa in his previous years in office, his controversial decision to involve the United States in the warfare in southern Africa would have long term consequences for the people of Angola, for US relations with the USSR, Cuba and China, and for Kissinger’s reputation as a statesman. Using recently declassified US, South African and Cuban documents and graphic documentary footage, we will critically examine the events leading to the military defeat of the forces backed by…

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February 2016

29th Camden Conference: “The New Africa”

February 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - February 21, 2016 @ 12:30 pm
Camden Opera House,
Camden, ME United States
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Africa - Photo Jacques Bonneville

29th Annual Camden Conference The New Africa February 19-21, 2016 Africa is home to the world’s poorest nations, but also has a dozen economies that maintained 7% growth rates over the last decade. Africa is the last major frontier for resource development, while simultaneously struggling with some of the world’s oldest, most corrupt and filthiest oil and mining ventures. While Africa suffers from ethnic and religious violence and poverty, it is blessed with rich and creative cultures and vibrant civil societies. These are only a few of the contradictions and conundrums that will frame the 2016 Camden Conference on the theme of Africa, a massive and often mysterious continent. On the economic front, the reasons many countries are making impressive advances include stabilization after years of civil war, more effective economic management, transformation to open market economies, and improved governance. Elsewhere, poverty is sustained by corruption and grievous economic mismanagement…

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