African Studies Lecture Series: Africa/Democracy with Eric Benjaminson

Where: Knight Library Browsing Room

Please join us Wednesday, February 12th, from 12-1.15 pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room for the second of three lectures this term in the African Studies Lecture Series. The talk, titled "A 21st Century African Transition: Gabon as a Case Study of the Unanticipated Frictions of Democratization," will be given by Eric Benjaminson, the former U.S. Ambassador to Gabon and the recently appointed Executive Director (U.S.) of the Gabon-Oregon Center for Transnational Sustainable Development.

Ambassador Benjaminson retired last year from 32 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. In Africa he was posted to Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Namibia, and most recently Gabon. Additionally, he completed assignments in Canada, Beijing, Sweden and Belgium. His foreign languages are French, Chinese and Swedish and his specializations include negotiation, environmental policy, and business development. He is a University of Oregon alumnus, graduating from the Clark Honors College in 1981 with a degree in History.
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