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Understanding Violence in Central Africa

November 9, 2018, 12:00 PM

Mid-Maine Global Forum presents
Understanding Violence in Central Africa
by Professor Laura Seay

Laura is an assistant professor of Government at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Her research is centered around the study of community responses to conflict and U.S. foreign policy in Africa’s Great Lakes region.  She is currently finishing a book, Substituting for the State, about the role non-state actors play in governing the eastern DRC in response to the Congolese state’s weakness in North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri. She is also engaged in a new project on the effects of U.S. legislation designed to mitigate conflict in central Africa and in 2014, She is leading an impact evaluation of a large community-based reconstruction (CBD) governance intervention in four Congolese provinces. Her research and teaching interests include qualitative and mixed methods, African politics and development, and post-conflict state reconstruction. She has also worked with the World Bank in Nigeria on efforts to improve the national primary health care system through evaluating the implementation of a results-based finance system, with particular attention to reducing instances of maternal, infant, and child mortality by removing demand-side barriers to system access.

At Colby, Laura teaches African politics, conflict, and research methods. She blogs about African politics, development, and security at Texas in Africa and is a contributor to the Duck of Minerva, the Christian Science Monitor’s Africa Monitor blog, and The Atlantic.com.

Optional lunch for $12 is served starting at 11:30 and is provided by Jorgensen's.  Of course you are welcome to bring your own lunch or just enjoy the talk.

Lunch choices: Chicken pesto wrap, roast beef sandwich, or a vegetarian wrap (humus plus vegetables). Served with soup, coffee, tea and a cookie!

To register, email Steve Knight midmaineglobalforum@gmail.com or call 689-8462.

Remember, you are responsible for the cost of the lunch you order unless canceled 24 hours prior to the talk.  Doors open just after 11:00, and lunch should be there by 11:30. Register by noon Thursday, November 8.


November 9, 2018
12:00 PM


Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons
150 Main Street
Waterville, ME


Steve Knight
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