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Remembering Biafra: History, Memory, and the Global Impact of the Nigerian Civil War

April 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017

This conference brings together scholars, policy analysts, humanitarians, and artists to explore the multiple ways in which the Nigerian civil war of 1967-1970 drew the attention of the world, and to assess the legacies of Biafra for subsequent generations.

The Conference is co-sponsored by George Washington University’s departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, English, History, Political Science, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Revised schedule (as of February 13, 2017).


Milken Institute School of Public Health

10:00 am
Opening Remarks

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II, Dean, Elliott School of International Affairs

Richard Grinker, Director, Institute for African Studies

10:30 am12:30 pm
Panel 1: State Actors and Foreign Policies

Olufemi Vaughan, Geoffrey Canada Professor of Africana Studies and History, Bowdoin College

Brad Simpson, Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut

Douglas Anthony, Associate Professor of History, Franklin and Marshall College

Chair: Ambassador Liberata Mulamula

12:30 pm1:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 pm3:30 pm
Panel 2: International Humanitarianism in Biafra

Sir Michael Aaronson, Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, UK. Director General of Save the Children, 1995-2005

Peter Redfield, Professor of Anthropology, University of NC – Chapel Hill.

Chair: Michael Barnett, University Professor of International Affairs and Political Science, George Washington University

3:30 pm4:00 pm
Coffee break
4:00 pm5:30 pm
Panel 3: The Power and Politics of Memory

Chima Korieh, Associate Professor of History, Marquette University

Chika Okeke-Agulu, Associate Professor of Art, Princeton University

Chair: Nemata Blyden, Associate Professor of History, George Washington University


Duques 151

08:30 am
Coffee & Pastries
09:00 am09:15 am

Dean Ben Vinson, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, GWU

09:15 am10:45 am
Panel 4: Women and Gender in the War and After

Anthonia Kalu, Professor of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages, University of California-Riverside

Gloria Chuku, Professor of Africana Studies, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Chair: Josephine Dawuni, Assistant Professor of African Politics, Howard University

11:00 am12:30 pm
Panel 5: Transnational Media Images and Global Activism

Brian McNeil, Assistant Professor, Department of Strategy, U.S. Air War College

Cecelia Lynch, Professor of Political Science, University of California-Irvine

Chair: Msia Kibona Clark, Assistant Prof. of Africana Studies, Howard University

12:30 pm1:00 pm
Concluding Remarks

Melani McAlister, Assoc. Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, GWU

7:00 pm
Keynote Lecture

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Novelist, Nonfiction Writer and Short-Story Writer

For more information on Ms. Adichie’s lecture, including location, tickets and live streaming, click here.

Keynote Lecture Co-Sponsored by Howard University


April 20, 2017
April 21, 2017


George Washington University
Bell Hall 109


George Washington University