December 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Ogletree Deakins
The Ogletree Building
300 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
Lunch and Lecture: $10.00 Non-Members; $5.00 UI/WACU Members

With 54 countries on one continent it is hard to come up with a one-size-fits-all answer.The question about why Africa is so poor is loaded with bias, and presumptions: the lack of the rule of law, patriarchy masquerading as religion and culture,  jihadism destabilizing various regions, and many more. Dr. Don Gordon’s presentation will look back at the history of colonialism and how that set the stage for today’s situation.  This lecture is the fourth of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.

Dr. Gordon has been a member of the Department of Politics and International Affairs at Furman University since 1969. Over the years he has taught a wide range of courses including State and Local Government, Urban Politics, and Public Administration, but his main emphasis has been on African and Middle Eastern Politics.

On leave from Furman, Don Gordon 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. With its three centers and over 20 programs, the Institute engages Furman students and citizens across the state in the crucial issues that challenge South Carolina and the country in the 21st century.

To read more about Dr. Gordon, please click here
Be sure to save these upcoming lecture dates….
  • December 11: Dr. Don Gordon – Why is Africa so Poor?
  • January 16: Dr. Brent Nelsen – EU minus UK: The European Union in the Post-Brexit Era
  • February 20: Dr. Buket Oztas – Challenges for the Middle East
  • March 20: Dr. Akan Malici – The Palestine-Israel Conflict

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