Bill Clinton To Lead Boston University Africa Forum

Bill Clinton To Lead Boston University Africa Forum

      Former President Bill Clinton will lead a transcontinental dialogue with students at seven universities and colleges in Africa and the United States linked in a videoconference on “Africa and the Global Community,” March 1, beginning at 11 a.m., sponsored by Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC).

      Participating schools include Boston University, the University of Ghana at Legon, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Morehouse College in Georgia, and North Carolina’s Elizabeth City State University — all members of the APARC American-African Universities Collaborative — plus the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

      “One major objective of the American-African Universities Collaborative is to help mold the next generation of leaders,” says Charles Stith, APARC director and former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, who will moderate the two-hour event from Johannesburg. “What better example is there than President Bill Clinton, one of the most formidable leaders of this generation.”

      APARC was established to complement BU’s African Studies program — one of the nation’s oldest, established in 1953 — to chronicle current trends and developments related to democratization and free-market reform in Africa. In addition to hosting a residency program for African former heads of state, it encourages a multidisciplinary approach to teaching about Africa, and organizes forums for African leaders to engage other public and private sector leaders regarding Africa’s global relationships.

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