Africana Studies to Host Southeast Model African Union Conference

 

Mercer’s Africana Studies Program will host the 13th Annual Southeastern Model African Union at the Macon Marriott City Center Hotel, Nov. 5-7. The event is a simulation of the proceedings of the African Union.

More than a dozen universities throughout the Southeast will sponsor student delegations representing more than 20 African nations at this meeting. In addition, Maria de Fatima Lima da Veiga, ambassador for the Republic of Cape Verde to the United States, will attend. The general sessions are open to Mercer faculty, staff and students.  

“Faculty and students who participate in this conference will enrich and enhance their understanding of political, economic and cultural dimensions of different African countries, how they relate to each other, and to the rest of the world, from a uniquely African perspective,” said event organizer Dr. Chester Fontenot Jr., Baptist Professor of English and director of the Africana Studies Program.

The conference provides a unique opportunity for university and college students to study the role, structure and performance of the African Union in the search for solutions to key economic, social, and political-security issues facing the African continent, Dr. Fontenot said. Through simulation, participants gain a better and clearer understanding of the multi-various determinants, capabilities and constraints that shape the domestic and foreign policies of African countries, as well as the patterns of cooperation and conflict that characterize intra-African diplomacy.

For more information visit the conference Web site, http://egrweb.mercer.edu/tco285/Holmes/AfroStudies.html or contact Dr. Fontenot, at fontenot_cj@mercer.edu or (478) 301-2345.

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