Conference Schedule

Ms. Adichie’s talk on April 21 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture can be viewed here. 

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This conference brings together scholars, policy analysts, humanitarians, and artists to explore the multiple ways in which the Nigerian civil war of 1967-1970 drew the attention of the world, and to assess the legacies of Biafra for subsequent generations.

The Conference is co-sponsored by George Washington University’s departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, English, History, the Institute for Ethnographic Research, Political Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


Thursday, April 20

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Opening Remarks

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs

Richard Grinker, Director, Institute for African Studies

1030 1230
Panel 1: State Actors and Foreign Policies

Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College

Brad Simpson, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut

Douglas Anthony, Associate Professor of History, Franklin and Marshall College

Chair: Ambassador Liberata Mulamula

1230 1330
Lunch Break
1330 1530
Panel 2: International Humanitarianism in Biafra

Sir Michael Aaronson, Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, UK. Director General of Save the Children, 1995-2005

Peter Redfield, Professor of Anthropology, University of NC – Chapel Hill.

Chair: Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University

1530 1600
Coffee break
1600 1730
Panel 3: The Power and Politics of Memory

Chima Korieh, Associate Professor of History, Marquette University

Chika Okeke-Agulu, Associate Professor of Art, Princeton University

Chair: Nemata Blyden, Associate Professor of History, George Washington University

Friday, April 21

Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 213

Coffee & Pastries
0900 - 0915

Dean Ben Vinson III, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, GWU

0915 - 1045
Panel 4: Women and Gender in the War and After

Anthonia Kalu, Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California-Riverside

Gloria Chuku, Professor of Africana Studies, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Chair: Josephine Dawuni, Assistant Professor of African Politics, Howard University

1100 - 1230
Panel 5: Transnational Media Images and Global Activism

Brian McNeil, Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy, U.S. Air War College

Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science, University of California-Irvine

Chair: Msia Kibona Clark, Assistant Prof. of Africana Studies, Howard University

1230 - 1300
Concluding Remarks

Melani McAlister, Assoc. Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, GWU

Keynote Lecture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Here’s the video of Ms. Adichie’s talk at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The event begins about 12 minutes into the video.

Keynote Lecture Co-Sponsored by Howard University