March 7, 1997
Middlebury College Presents Fourth Annual Sub-Saharan
"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
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.