Zachariah Mampilly, professor of Political Science at Vassar College, discusses Africa and his first book, Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life During War. April 5, 2012. Sponsored by USC's Department of Political Science, the Center on Public Diplomacy, and the Office of Religious Life.
Perhaps not since the heady days of independence has the African continent been roiled by so many political and economic convulsions. From the nonviolent protests across the continent to more violent ongoing confrontations, a new political dispensation is coming into view, shaking off the last vestiges of the Cold War stereotypes of the continent. Combined with the entry of the Asian powers into Africa's economy, the sense that anything is possible leaves many hopeful about the future of the demographically young continent. At the same time, regressive forces remain at play, stifling popular protest and seeking to preserve the old order. Focusing on popular protest, both violent and nonviolent, this talk will examine various challenges to the contemporary African political landscape while offering an assessment of the possible new dispensations coming into being.
"What Matters to Me and Why" is a speakers' series that bridges the separation between intellectual life and personal and spiritual issues by having featured USC faculty and administrators spend about 20 minutes addressing the topic "What Matters to Me and Why," followed by an informal dialogue rounding out the hour.
The program is sponsored by the USC Office of Religious Life and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.