America and the World: Why is Africa so Poor and Does that Impact Global Security?

[Greenville, SC] — Why is it that arguably the world's richest continent - in terms of natural resources - has some of the world's poorest people?  "Why is Africa so Poor," will delve into the history of African colonialism and how that has impacted the economics, politics and security of the continent today. If China, rather than the U.S., provides major infrastructure support, how might that impact global security? World Affairs Council Upstate, in partnership with Furman University, will address these issues in the 4th of it's 7 part lecture series on Tuesday, December 11 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. The lecture will be begin promptly at 12:00 noon at the Ogletree Deakins Meeting Room, 300 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601. A light lunch will be provided and there will be plenty of time for questions and networking following the lecture. Click here to register.

Dr. Don Gordon has been a professor of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University for almost 50 years. He is a specialist in African and Middle Eastern Politics, and focuses on urban politics, state and local governments, and public administration. He has worked as Chief of Staff for a member of the US House of Representatives and briefly as Committee Counsel for the House Banking and Urban Affairs Committee. Since 1999, Dr. Gordon has been the executive director of the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Policy, and Public Leadership named for former Governor and US Secretary of Education, Dick Riley.To read more about Dr. Gordon, please click here.

Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn about what's really going on with the U.S. and Africa, and how global actions and reactions have an impact on our daily lives. For more information and to register please click here.


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Save the following dates for our subsequent lectures: January 16 (Brexit), February 20 (the Middle East), and March 20 (the Palestine-Israel conflict).

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