Texas Tech History Department to Host Sen. Robert Krueger, Others During Conditions for War, Conditions for Peace: A Symposium on Africa

The Department of History at Texas Tech University will host former U.S. Sen. Robert Krueger during Conditions for War, Conditions for Peace: A Symposium on Africa.

The Department of History at Texas Tech University will host former U.S. Sen. Robert Krueger during Conditions for War, Conditions for Peace: A Symposium on Africa.

Krueger’s presentation on his experience as U.S. ambassador to Burundi and Botswana will end the four-day symposium, which also features Ambassador Tibor Nagy, vice provost for international affairs at Texas Tech; Douglas Johnson, an expert on South Sudan and boundary questions the country is experiencing; and Ahmed Samatar, an expert on Somalia.

“We are hoping to offer the university and the Lubbock communities the opportunity to more thoroughly understand the issues facing Africa today,” said Paul Bjerk, an assistant professor of African history and event organizer. “It is an election year, and even though Africa’s issues will not be very prominent, it is important for people to have some sense of what kind of impact American policy has on Africa. People hear about conflict in Somalia and the Sudan on the news, but they rarely get very much insight into the causes and structure of those conflicts. Hearing from experts will help people find helpful ways to express their concern and get involved in trying to resolve those conflicts.”

The event is co-sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center, the Department of History, The Honors College, Tech Student Democrats and the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences. It is also tied into celebrations for Black History Month.

Each presentation is free and open to the public, and snacks will be provided. For more information call (806) 742-3744 or email paul.bjerk@ttu.edu.

They are:

Feb. 6

Lecture by Ambassador Tibor Nagy: “Priorities for American Policy in Africa Today” –  noon, Room 129 of Holden Hall. Ambassador Nagy was a Foreign Service officer, and the former U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia andGuinea. He is currently co-chairman of the Africa Policy Committee for Mitt Romney.

Feb. 7 

Lecture by Douglas Johnson: “The Context of South Sudan's Independence: Ending One War and Starting Another?” – noon, Room 129 of Holden Hall.Johnson was a member of the Abyei Boundaries Commission, and is the author of several books about Sudan, including “The Root Causes of Sudan's Civil Wars and When Boundaries become Borders: The Impact of Boundary-Making in Southern Sudan's Frontier Zones.”

Expert Panel Discussion: “American Policy in Africa Today” – 7 p.m., Matador Room of the Student Union Building.

Feb. 8

Lecture by Ahmed Samatar: “Journey to Mogadishu: Reflections on the Somali

Catastrophe” – noon, Room 129 of Holden Hall.Samatar is the founding Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College in Minnesota and the author of several books on international politics in Africa, including “Somalia: State Collapse, Multilateral Intervention, and Strategies for Political Reconstruction.”

Feb. 9

Lecture by Sen. Bob Krueger: “Confronting Genocide: Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi” – noon, Room 129 of Holden Hall. Sen. Krueger is a former ambassador to Burundi and Botswana. He is also the author of “From Bloodshed to Hope in Burundi: Our Embassy Years during Genocide,” and will discuss issues in Burundi during his talk.

CONTACT: Paul Bjerk, assistant professor of African history, (806) 742-3744 or paul.bjerk@ttu.edu.