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WFU professor leads ACC faculty trip to war-torn African nations

June 7, 2007

Sylvain H. Boko, a Wake Forest University economist, is leading a group of 11 faculty members from Atlantic Coast Conference universities on a visit to three African nations recovering from internal strife.

The trip to Uganda, Rwanda and South Africa is sponsored by the ACC’s Inter-institutional Academic Collaborative, a conference initiative that supports scholarly research in areas of the world where it is not feasible for a single university to sustain a full program.  Craig C. Brookins, associate professor of psychology and director of Africana studies at North Carolina State University is serving as co-director of the venture.  The three-week itinerary begins June 8 with two days of preparatory meetings in Raleigh before the group departs for Africa.

This ACC/IAC faculty development program is titled “Post-Conflict Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Africa,” and participants, drawn from a variety of academic disciplines, will report their findings and conclusions in a joint paper after the trip.

"We are pleased to have assembled an interdisciplinary team with the expertise to examine the psychological, social, economic and institutional underpinnings of the conflict resolution and reconciliation processes that nations must go through in the aftermath of internal struggle,” Boko says.  “This trip will provide participants with first-hand knowledge they can incorporate into their teaching as well as establish relationships between the faculty members of our conference universities and those of the host countries.”

Boko, the Zachary T. Smith Associate Professor of Economics at Wake Forest, is a native of Benin, West Africa, and annually leads Wake Forest students on five-week summer field trips to his home country, where they examine the history, culture and development issues of Benin through classroom study and homestays with host families.

Joining Boko and Brookins on the faculty development trip are Barbara Shaw Anderson, associate director for the African Studies Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Billy R. Close, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice at Florida State University; Richard Grant, a professor of geography at the University of Miami; Bernice L. Hausman, professor of English at Virginia Tech; Robin Kirk, a visiting lecturer at Duke University and coordinator of the Duke Human Rights Initiative; William J. Long, chair and professor of the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Tech; Zeynep Taydas, assistant professor of political science at Clemson University; Karen K. Miller, adjunct-associate professor of history at Boston College; and Angel David Nieves, assistant professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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