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The Reed College Public Policy Lecture Series for Spring 2006 Examines African Dilemmas: Debt, Development, and the Diaspora

PORTLAND, OR (February 6, 2006) – Reed College invites you to attend the spring Public Policy Lecture Series, "African Dilemmas: Debt, Development, and the Diaspora." The series presents a diverse set of perspectives on the challenges of economic and political development in Africa. Lectures confront such issues as the role of the G-8 and the developed world in reducing poverty; the potential for small-scale agriculture and rural markets to help lift Africans out of poverty; the place of NGOs and other non-profits in advancing development; and how diasporas in Europe and the U.S. affect the demand for political and social change.

Speakers include Dr. Susan E. Rice, senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.; Christopher Udry, Henry J. Heinz Professor of Economics at Yale University; Neal Keny-Guyer, chief executive officer of Mercy Corps; and Paul Silverstein, associate professor of anthropology at Reed College.

Susan Rice's work encompasses a wide range of issues related to U.S. foreign and national security policy. Her research focuses on the national security implications of global poverty and inequality. She is also engaged in the areas of transnational security threats; terrorism; weak and failed states development issues; foreign assistance; post conflict peace-building; the United Nations, including international stability and peace operations; and African affairs.

Christopher Udry is considered the foremost American economic expert on Africa. His research centers on the microeconomics of African development, including work on markets and institutions in rural Africa, informal financial and insurance markets, the organization of households, and the role of social networks in technological innovation. He is the co-author of Development Microeconomics and Reading in Development Microeconomics.

Neal Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994. During his leadership, Mercy Corps has emerged as a leading international relief and development agency with programs in more than 35 countries, over 2,500 staff, and an annual operating budget of almost $200 million. He has forged new organizational directions – most notably, globalizing operations through mergers and strategic alliances, placing peace making, human rights, and civil society at the heart of its humanitarian mission; and building an organizational reputation for innovative and entrepreneurial practices.

Paul Silverstein's research interests include North African immigration, religion, and politics in France; Berber and regionalist politics in Algeria; and the Amazigh cultural movement in Morocco. Silverstein has published extensively in disciplinary and area studies journals and edited volumes. He is the author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation; and editor, with Ussama Makdisi, of Memory and Violence in the Middle East and North Africa.


Thursday, March 9, Vollum Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.
Dr. Susan E. Rice, "The National Security Implications of Global Poverty: Africa's Strategic Importance to the U.S." Sponsored by the Munk-Darling Lecture Fund in International Relations. Co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Oregon.

Monday, March 27, Vollum Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.
Christopher Udry, "The Profits of Power: Land Rights and Investment in Ghana"
Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

Thursday, March 30, Vollum Lecture Hall, 7 p.m.
Neal Keny-Guyer, "Darfur: A Firsthand View Through The Humanitarian Lens"
Sponsored by the David Robinson Memorial Fund for Human Rights.

Monday, April 10, Vollum Lounge, 7 p.m.
Paul Silverstein, "Why Culture Still Matters: Immigration, Development, and the Politics of Identity between France and North Africa"
Sponsored by the Elizabeth C. Ducey Political Science Lecture Fund.

All lectures are free and open to the public.