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April 6, 2009

USAO to host public Africa symposium Thursday

As the world's attention continues to be centered on the global economic crises, a group of scholars, researchers and faculty will narrow their focus to poverty in Africa during the Symposium on Africa at the University of Science and Arts on Thursday, April 9.

The symposium will explore the economy, politics and global impact of the continent. The event will be in the Davis Hall Amphitheater at USAO. It is free and open to the public.

Poster presentations, video and music will be on display beginning at 8 a.m., followed by the symposium from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

“The purpose of the symposium is to provide information on African issues and research to students and members of the Chickasha community,” said Dr. Stephen Kandeh, assistant professor of sociology. “In a globalizing world where everyone is connected to everyone and everything, it behooves us to learn accurate information about Africa."

Keynote speaker for the symposium is Dr. Garth A. Myers, who holds a joint appointment in the departments of African/African-American studies and geography at the University of Kansas. He earned his doctoral degree in geography in 1993 from UCLA with an allied field concentration in urban planning.

Myers has conducted research on African development and urban planning for more than two decades. His academic record includes more than 30 publications, including the books, Verandahs of Power: Colonialism and Space in Urban Africa and Disposable Cities: Garbage, Governance, and Sustainable Development in Urban Africa. He has published articles that include Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Geographical Review, Area, Urban Studies, Political Geography, and the Journal of Modern African Studies. He earned research grants from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, and National Geographic Society.

In addition to Myers, five other guests will be featured in a roundtable discussion about poverty in Africa.

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