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Language, Education, and the State in Africa

January 31, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

We welcome Dr. Ericka Albaugh for the final program in our Camden Conference “The New Africa” series at the Scarborough Public Library. In post-colonial Africa, how do governments make decisions about language – and how do these decisions impact education, state-building, and democracy. Dr. Albaugh will address these issues in her presentation, “Language, Education, and State in Africa.” Dr. Albaugh is an Associate Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. She received her Master’s Degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. Dr. Albaugh has conducted field research in Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana and has written articles on language politics, education, and elections in Africa. Her recent book is entitled State-Building and Multilingual Education in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2014), and she is currently researching the spread of lingua francas within and across state boundaries. She teaches on Africa, ethnic conflict, development, state-building and language politics at Bowdoin.  This event is organized by the Camden Conference in partnership with the World Affairs Council of Maine and is free to attend.

No reservations are required. For more information, call Adult Services at 883-4723 option 4 or email


January 31, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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Scarborough Public Library
48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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