“Escape from Hell: What Now for Somali-Americans?" at UNE | Events

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“Escape from Hell: What Now for Somali-Americans?" at UNE
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BIDDEFORD, Maine – The University of New England Department of Political Science presents a lecture by distinguished Somali scholar Dr. Ahmed Samatar, “Escape from Hell: What Now for Somali-Americans?” on March 8 at 12:00 p.m.  The program will be held in the St. Francis Room of the Jack S. Ketchum Library on UNE’s Biddeford Campus.
 
Samatar is the James Wallace Professor of International Studies and Dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.  He is an expert on global political economy, political and social theory, and African development. 
 
Professor Samatar is the author/editor of five books and over three dozen articles, including The State in Africa: Reconsiderations and Battling at Two Fronts: Introducing Maryan Omer Ali. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Bildhaan: An International Journal of Somali Studies, and is the editor of 24 volumes of Macalester International, a journal of undergraduate education and internationalism. 
 
A Fulbright Fellow, Samatar has been awarded grants by The Ford Foundation, The Mellon Foundation, The United States Institute for Peace, The Henrich Boll Foundation, and the Minneapolis and St. Paul Foundations.  His research in progress is a collaborative volume, Somalis: Africa’s First Democrat?, a study of leadership, governance and the Somali experience.
 
Samatar is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and received his master’s degree and doctorate from Denver University.  A one-time BBC broadcaster, Professor Samatar has lectured at many universities and colleges worldwide.
 
The lecture is free and open to the public.  Lunch will be provided.  For more information, contact Ali Abdullatif Ahmida, Ph.D., professor and chair of the UNE Department of Political Science, at 602-2804 or aahmida@une.edu.

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