“Africa:Beyond the Stereotypes” – April 3, 2011

“Out of sight of our narrow focus on disaster, another Africa is rising, an Africa that works…” Time Magazine

On April 3, 2011, the Rothermel Foundation will present a distinguished panel of experts discussing Africa and it’s future.

Jon Sawyer is director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that funds independent reporting with the intent of raising the standard of media coverage of global affairs.   Sawyer was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club’s award for best foreign reporting. His work has been honored by the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja was born in 1944 in Kasha, Congo-Kinshasa. He holds a B.A. degree in philosophy (Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 1967); an M.A. in diplomacy and international commerce (University of Kentucky, Lexington, 1968); and a Ph.D. in political science (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975).  A specialist in African politics, development policy and administration, and political theory, he is currently professor of African Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (USA) and professor emeritus of African studies at Howard University in Washington, DC.

Jim Thomas, Founder and President of Africa Rising,  is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Program in Public Health Ethics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He worked as a public health nutritionist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then called Zaire) in 1978-81 and in Kenya for doctoral research 1984-85. He has since visited 9 other African countries, consulting in epidemiology and developing relationships between his church and African churches.  Africa Rising builds relationships with effective grassroots African organizations, to help Africans do what they do well.

John Beck recently retired from World Concern, an international humanitarian organization providing community development assistance and disaster relief to the world’s poor.

Please plan to join us Sunday, April 3 at 2:00pm in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, 400 New Street, New Bern.  All Rothermel Foundation events are free and open to the public.

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