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Former U.S. Congressman to address challenges to peacemaking in Africa, Oct. 17

Wolpe, a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C., and former presidential special envoy to Africas Great Lakes Region, will present a lecture titled "Challenges to Peacemaking in the Great Lakes Region of Africa" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Wolpe is a specialist in African politics with particular interest in the dynamics and management of ethnic and racial conflict. A former member of Congress from Michigan (1979-1993), he spent 10 of his 14 years in that capacity chairing the House Foreign Affairs Committees Subcommittee on Africa. He also has been a visiting fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program of the Brookings Institution and a faculty member at Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan.

A current member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Wolpe co-directed the 90th American Assembly on "Africa and U.S. National Interests" in 1997. He has written extensively on Africa, including "Urban Politics in Nigeria" and "The Great Lakes Crisis: An American View," which appeared in the South African Journal of International Affairs in summer 2000. He also co-wrote "The United States and Africa: A Post-Cold War Perspective."

Wolpes lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Office of External Affairs.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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