New Pardee Film of Pardee Round Table in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Director ad interim James McCann led a four-person roundtable panel sponsored by the Pardee Center at the 18th International Conference on Ethiopian Studies in the city of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia on October 31-November 2nd. This short film Ethiopia in Movement, made by award-winning Ethiopian filmmaker Aida Ashenafi captures the panelists in the heart of the city. Panelists include former Pardee Post-doctoral Fellow Heran Sereke-Brhan, Stefan Bruene, (Hamburg University and Intergovernmental Authority on Development), Masresha Fetene, Vice President for Research, (Addis Ababa University), and His Excellency Xavier Marchal, European Community Ambassador to Ethiopia. They raise issues that range from intellectual property, commercial farming versus conservation, use of longer-range perspectives to open dialogues between antagonistic state agenda, and the need for basic science education in regional higher education.