WCU Global Spotlight Series looks at Africa’s role in world affairs

Western Carolina University will host a Global Spotlight Series event on “Africa in World Affairs” on campus Wednesday, April 13.

The 4 to 5:30 p.m. event in the Multipurpose Room of A.K. Hinds University Center is free and open to the public, and is the final presentation of this semester’s series of panel discussions on national and international issues.

Africa is the focus of a two-year interdisciplinary learning theme ongoing at WCU. The theme allows faculty, students and staff, as well as campus offices and organizations, to explore and connect with Africa in a broader context of politics and policy, as well as history, culture, arts and heritage.

The scheduled Global Spotlight Series presentations:
• Jackie Sievert, assistant professor in the Political Science and Public Affairs Department, introductory remarks.
• Saheed Aderinto, assistant professor in the Department of History, “Transition without End: Politics and Democracy in Post-Cold War Africa.”
• Mike McDonald, lecturer in international relations and comparative politics in the Political Science and Public Affairs Department, “Economic and Human Development in Africa: Successes and Remaining Challenges.”
• Jennifer Schiff, assistant professor in the Political Science and Public Affairs Department, “Africa’s Environmental Challenges: Desertification, Water Scarcity, and Food Insecurity.”

The event is sponsored by the Political Science and Public Affairs Department, History Department and the International Studies Program. For more information, contact Niall Michelsen at 828-227-3336 or michelsen@email.wcu.edu.