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Experts On Africa To Examine U.S. Policy At AADERT Conference

June 3, 2003

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., June 3, 2003 -- Experts on African countries will explore implications of the new U.S. foreign policy at the 10th annual conference of the African and African-American Education, Research and Training Institute (AADERT) on Friday, June 6, 2003, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Springfield College's Brennan Center.

AADERT was founded in 1993 by Springfield College Associate Professor of Human Services Mulugeta Agonafer to conduct research and to educate and coordinate Africans and African-Americans on issues that affect their communities. It also coordinates and provides a forum for persons working on economic development and equal participation in the political process for Africans and African-Americans. The ADDERT conference is cosponsored by the Springfield College departments of human services, social science and multicultural affairs with support from the Immediate Past Distinguished Professor of Humanics Benard J. Graney.

The conference, which is open to the public free of charge, will open with a presentation by Michael T. Klare, the Five College professor of peace and world security studies, followed by a panel discussion on “The New U.S. Foreign Policy and Human Rights.” Panelists will speak from their own research. Joseph Wronka, visiting scholar at The Heller School of Social Work at Brandies University and Springfield College professor of social work, will address “United Nations Concerns on U.S. Compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Implications for Foreign Policy.” Mohammed Good, University of Massachusetts administrator, will speak on “Grassroots Democracy in the New World Disorder: The Case of Somaliland.”

Opening the afternoon session, Sut Jhally, founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation and University of Massachusetts professor of communication, will speak on the role of news media in informing or disinforming the public. Afterward, Springfield College faculty members will critique issues raised in the video, “The Hidden Wars of Desert Storm.” Joining them will be Claudio Leftko, an activist for Iraqi children.

David Bakuli, Westfield State College professor of management, will lead a panel discussion on “The New U.S. Foreign Policy: Force or Diplomacy & at What Cost?” Panelists will be Anita Dancs, research director of the National Priorities Project, addressing “Weapons of Mass Distraction: Military and Economic Strategies;” and Thomas J. Carty, Springfield College assistant professor of social science, addressing “Presidential Power and Foreign Policy in the Late 20th Century.”

The program will conclude with a roundtable discussion on “The Impact of the New U.S. Foreign Policy on the African-American Community,” with Springfield College Professor of Human Services Clifton Bush Jr. as chair. Discussants will be Springfield College faculty members Barbara Collins, Gordon Robinson, and Teresa Rhodes; University of Massachusetts Professor of Journalism from the W. E. B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies David DuBois; Springfield College Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs John Wilson; and Springfield College Student Howard Penn.

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