March 7, 1997

Middlebury College Presents Fourth Annual Sub-Saharan Africa Symposium

"Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Framework for Survival" will be the topic addressed this year at the fourth annual Middlebury College sub-Saharan Symposium March 6 through 8. "This is going to be a dynamic symposium," said Leroy Nesbitt, special assistant to the president at Middlebury College and coordinator of the project. "We have a group of distinguished panelists from all over the world, and a program that will include a performance by the Ghanaian music and dance troupe, ODADAA!."

The Symposium opens the evening of March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Dana Auditorium with remarks by Middlebury College African Studies Professor John Spencer and Andrew Reisner '97. The keynote address will be delivered by H.W.O Okoth-Ogendo, professor of law at New York University, who will talk on "Africa on the Eve of the 21st Century: Toward a Sustainable Constitutional Order." The panel following will include moderator John Spencer; His Excellency Benjamin Kipkorir, ambassador of Kenya to the United States of America; and Edwin Cooper, international banker, CEO Cooper & Co.; and Winifred Armstrong, development economist and author of The Development of African Enterprise.

Friday, March 7, at 4:15 p.m. in Twilight Hall, paper presentations will be made by Joshua Forrest of University of Vermont's political science department, and Townsend Swayze, senior operations officer of the World Bank. Hepburn Professor of Economics at Middlebury College David Horlacher will moderate. At 8 p.m. that evening in the Center for the Arts, ODADAA!, a charismatic group of traditional and creative musicians and dancers from Ghana, led by pioneering drummer, composer and choreographer Yacub Addy will perform. There is no charge for this event, but tickets are required for seating. Call the Box Office at the Center for the Arts for information, 443-6433.

Saturday, March 8, starting at 1:30 p.m. in Twilight Hall, a concluding panel will wind up the Symposium. Introducing the panel will be Sunder Ramaswamy, Middlebury College associate professor of economics. Panelists include moderator Howard French of The New York Times; Charles Steedman, vice president of Associates in Rural Development, Inc.; Dr. Leslie King, of the University of Northern British Columbia; Nikoi Kote-Nikoi, professor of economic and sustainable development at the School for International Training; and Barbara Dubois, an expert on social development issues in sub-Saharan Africa. Closing remarks will be made by Bongani Dlamini '98.

The public is cordially invited to attend the Symposium.