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From Impunity to Accountability: Africa’s Development in the 21st Century

The Center for Public Scholarship and the The New School for Social Research’s journal, Social Research, host a conference From Impunity to Accountability: Africa’s Development in the 21st Century on Thursday and Friday, November 18’19 in Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street. The conference brings together experts from politics and academia to examine the relationship between governments and their populations in sub-Saharan Africa, with a spotlight on the region’s chronic economic, political, and social fragility.

As Africa’s population has grown, the poverty and social disorder that have long plagued the continent remain endemic,, said conference director Arien Mack, editor of Social Research and the Alfred and Monette Marrow Professor of Psychology at The New School for Social Research. By bringing together experts from various backgrounds and experiences, we hope to generate a productive debate that might serve to prod policy makers to take more effective and appropriate action.,

The conference opens with a keynote address by Tegegnework Gettu, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and director of the Africa Bureau, United Nations Development Programme.

Other featured speakers include: George Ayittey, president, Free Africa Foundation; Robert Bates, Eaton Professor of Government, Harvard University; Agnès Callamard, executive director, ARTICLE 19; Befekadu Degefe, former Economics Research Fellow, The New School for Social Research; William Easterly, professor of Economics, co-director of Development Research Institute, New York University; Kelechi A. Kalu, director, Center for African Studies, professor, Department of African American and African Studies, Ohio State University; John Mukum Mbaku, professor of Economics, Weber State University; Kristin McKie, PhD candidate, Department of Government, Cornell University; Mueni wa Muiu, associate professor of Political Science, Winston-Salem State University; and Berhanu Nega, professor of Economics, Bucknell University.

For the full conference agenda, visit Tickets are free to full-time students from all schools, colleges, and universities as well as to New School faculty, alumni, and staff. To take advantage of free tickets, email your RSVP from your university email account to

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