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Ethnicity and National Identity in Ethiopia

November 12, 2006

Harvard Law School, Pound Hall, Room 101

1563 Massachusetts Ave.



09:30 - 09:40

Introductory remarks from ESAH and Harvard-GSAS by Prof. Kay Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

09:40 - 10:00

Presentation: Prof. Teshale Tibebu

10:00 - 10:10

Comments on Prof. Teshale's presentation from panelists

10:10 - 10:30

Presentation: Prof. Mohammed Hassen Ali

10:30 - 10:40

Comments on Prof. Mohammed's presentation

10:40 - 11:00

Presentation: Dr. Sarah Vaughan

11:00 - 11:10

Comments on Dr. Vaughan's presentation

11:10 - 12:30

Questions and answers with audience

12:30 - 02:00

Lunch for panelists with forum organizers

02:00 - 02:20

Presentation: Prof. Messay Kebede

02:20 - 02:30

Comments on Prof. Messay's presentation from panelists

02:30 - 02:50

Presentation: Prof. Ghelawdewos Araia

02:50 - 03:00

Comments on Prof. Ghelawdewos's presentation

03:00 - 03:20

Presentation: Prof. Asafa Jalata

03:20 - 03:30

Comments on Prof. Asafa's presentation

03:30 - open

Questions and answers with audience


Asafa Jalata: Is a professor at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the department of sociology. His research agenda is focused on investigating and understanding the dynamic interplay between the racialized/ethnicized and exploitative global and regional economic structures and the human agencies of the colonized/indigenous peoples.  He has been identifying and explaining the chains of historical and political economic forces shaping racial/ethno national inequality, development and under-development, and national and social movements on global, regional, and local levels. He is the author of Oromia & Ethiopia: State Formation and Ethno national Conflict, 1868-1992 (2004) (1993, 2005), Oromo nationalism and the Ethiopian Democracy: The Search of Freedom and Democracy (1998), Fighting against the Injustice of the State and Globalization: Comparing the African American and Oromo Movements (2001), State Crises, Globalization, and National Movement in North-East Africa, (2004).

Mohammed Hassen Ali: Is a professor at Georgia State University in the department of History. His main research area is the history of the Oromo people of Ethiopia, focusing on the development of Oromo nationalism within the Ethiopian state. He is the author of The Oromo of Ethiopia:  A History, 1570 to 1860 (Cambridge University Press, 1990), Arrested Development in Ethiopia: Essays on Underdevelopment, Democracy and Self-Determination, ed. By Seyoum Hameso and  Mohammed Hassen, The Red Sea Press (June 2006), and numerous other articles.

Messay Kebede: Professor Kebede taught philosophy at Addis Ababa University from 1976 to 1993. He also served as chair of the department of philosophy from 1980 to 1991. He presently teaches several courses at the University of Dayton including: African Philosophy, Value and Economics, and Professional Ethics in a Global Community. His research has focused on writing articles on issues of development and culture change. He is the author of The Survival of Modern Ethiopia.

Teshale Tibebu: Professor Tibebu teaches history at Temple University. His teaching and research focuses on a critique of Eurocentrism in the production of knowledge, especially pertaining to Africa. The graduate and undergraduate classes he teaches are meant to produce an alternative approach to African and Third World history than the one informed by the Eurocentric paradigm. He is the author of: On the Question of Feudalism, Absolutism and Bourgeois Revolution," Review, vol. xiii, no. 1, Winter, 1990, pp. 49-152; The Making of Modern Ethiopia, 1896-1974. Lawrenceville, N.J. Red Sea Press, 1995; Ethiopia: The "Anomaly" and "Paradox" of Africa, Journal of Black Studies, vol. 26, no. 4, March 1996. "Hegel and Anti-Semitism" (Forthcoming Spring 2007, University of South Africa Press).

Sarah Vaughn: Professor Vaughn is a Research Consultant and Honorary Fellow in Politics at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Since her involvement in humanitarian activities in the Horn of Africa in the late 1980s, she has researched and written on issues in Ethiopian political history for a range of government, multilateral and voluntary bodies, and has taught African politics and social theory in Ethiopia and in Scotland. Her research interests include the sociology of knowledge, ethnicity and political interest, decentralization and local government, transitional justice and conflict. She is co-author of The Culture of Power in Contemporary Ethiopian Political Life (Sida, Stockholm, 2003)

Ghelawdewos Araia: Studied first at Addis Ababa University (then Haile Selassie University), majoring in political science. After he completed three years of the undergraduate program, the Ethiopian revolution of 1974 broke out, the university was closed and his educational career was interrupted. After 8 years, he joined Columbia University to receive B.A. in political science, M.A. in international studies, Ed.M. in International Education, and ED.D (Doctor of Education) in comparative and International Education, all from the same institution. He served as senior editor of African Link magazine and wrote about 100 articles on Ethiopian and/or African issues that were published on various journals. He is the author of 1) Ethiopia: The Political Economy of Transition (1995); 2) "Africa in the Global Economy" (2003); 3) Cultures that We Must Preserve and Reject (2005) in Tigrigna; the Amharic version will be out in 2007. Dr. G. Araia is the founder and president of the Institute of Development and Education for Africa (IDEA). He is currently Adj Associate Professor of African Studies at the City University of New York; he taught 'World Cultures' at New York University (NYU), African and African American courses at the School of Technology (New York) and Merritt College in Oakland, California; he also taught Theories and Practices of International Affairs (via correspondence) for Antioch University at Yellow Springs, Ohio, and served as chair for the Individual Masters Program (IMP) for the same university.

Past Events:

Oct. 8, 2006: Screening of Deluge - memories of the revolution from Salem Mekuria, followed by discussion with Prof. Salem Mekuria.

Apr. 16, 2006: Zara Yacob, 17th century Ethiopian Philosopher: presentation by Dr. Tedros Kiros.

Mar. 5, 2006: The impact of brain drain on higher institutions in Ethiopia/Africa: presentation by Prof. Damtew Teferra.

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