NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: Bill Clinton to Lead BU Africa Forum

in International, News Releases
February 27th, 2006

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 | rtaffe@bu.edu
Contact: Kari AlSherif, 617-353-5452 | kalsheri@bu.edu

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,”on Wednesday, March 1, 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.

The 2-hour event open to the media at the Boston University School of Management, 9th floor Trustees’ Ballroom. (NOTE: Clinton will be at his New York home, linked into the videoconference; for advance interviews, contact Sarah Hamilton, Clinton Foundation, 212-348-0251.)

“One major objective of the American-African Universities Collaborative is to help mold the next generation of leaders,” said Charles Stith, APARC director and former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, who will moderate the 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.

Founded in 1839, Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with more than 30,000 students in its 17 colleges and schools. BU has established an international reputation for excellence in teaching and conducting research on Africa, and has built and maintained broad collaborations with institutions in Africa.

For more information on APARC visit http://www.bu.edu/aparc.

Event: “Africa and the Global Community,” an interactive videoconference featuring former U.S. President Bill Clinton, sponsored by the Boston University’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center (APARC)

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

Place: Trustees’ Ballroom (9th floor)
Boston University School of Management
595 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

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