Africa’s Promise: Twelve Critical Challenges
Instructor: ROBERT ROTBERG
5 sessions, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4
Biosketch: Professor Robert I. Rotberg taught for many years at Harvard Kennedy School and MIT Political Science. He was Academic Vice President at Tufts and President of Lafayette College. He was on the Lex. School Committee and has served as a TM member for 43 years. He is President Emeritus of the World Peace Foundation and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published many books on Africa and other subjects. He visits Africa regularly.
Course Description: Terrorism, civil conflict, global warming, the disappearance of fauna (rhinoceroses, elephants, lions, giraffe), medical and health advances, population growth, urbanization, education, economic sustainability, managing China, strengthening leadership, and improving governance are Africa’s 12 most pressing problems as 2018 unfolds. None of these acute challenges is new, but 2018 will see each of them become more central to Africa’s ability to improve the standards of living and social outcomes of its myriad citizens. This course will discuss two or three of those topics in each session, following an introduction at the beginning and a conclusion at the end. Related topics will also feature. There will be ample time at each session for participants to raise concerns of their own and to ask questions about the presentations. This course is intended to enrich each attendee’s understanding of Africa, however experienced and knowledgeable each may be. (This is not the same course as the one given under OWLL auspices in 2015.) Books titles: Rotberg, Africa Emerges (Polity, 2013) and Rotberg, The Corruption Cure (Princeton, 2017).