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Conversations with African Poets and Writers” is a program series in partnership with the Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Division and the Poetry and Literature Center. This program showcases emerging African writers whose work has contributed to increasing knowledge about the literature of the continent throughout the world. The series was launched in 2011 to expose the richness, diversity, and creativity of contemporary African writing to an international audience. Previous series have featured the late famous Nigerian writer and scholar Chinua Achebe, the legend Dr. Ali Mazrui, and South Africa’s writer and poet laureate Keorapetse Kgositsile. In showcasing these contemporary novelists and poets, we hope to create a new digital archive that may be used by students of African literature, researchers in African studies departments, the African Diaspora, and individuals who are interested in a cultural exchange experience.

Longtime Africanist and President and CEO of The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, Bernadette Paolo, formally announced her resignation today from the Africa-focused organization effective January 8, 2016. She is leaving The Africa Society to do a Fellowship at Harvard University. “While it is difficult to leave a place you know, and a community and the people in it you have spent so many years with, they and Africa will always be with me, as will the many young people who have been a part of The Africa Society through the years,” she stated. Ms. Paolo has led the organization since the passing of Leonard H. Robinson, Jr. in 2006. Prior to assuming this role, she served as the Vice President and Director of Field Operations and In-house Legal Counsel for the National Summit on Africa beginning in 1997. Before signing on to the National Summit, Paolo ended her twelve-year career on Capitol Hill, ten years of which were on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, as Staff Director of the House Subcommittee on Africa. Paolo is credited for creating educational programs such as Teach Africa and advancing key initiatives such as the Presidential Tours of Africa…

A program hosted by the US-Angola Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Chevron and The Africa Society.

On August 5, 2014, in conjunction with the U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, along with United States Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman of Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs, and Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs, co-hosted the “Growth and Opportunity in Africa Forum” in coordination with the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit.

The Africa Society was pleased to participate in the official Civil Society Pillar of the African Leaders Summit at the National Academy of Sciences on Monday, August 4,  2014.  Bernadette B. Paolo, President and CEO of The Africa Society, served as a moderator for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Breakout Session from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.

The “Africa Forum” organized by the FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative, Gallup, The Africa Society, AllAfrica and Operation HOPE, which was held July 10, 2014 for 250 invitees, is being called a “substantive success.” It was the first in a series of activities leading up to the August 5-6, 2014 US-Africa Heads of State Summit. Related Links White Paper on ‘Africa Forum’ Pre-Summit Dialogue Released FEEEDS-Gallup-Africa Society DC “Africa Forum” Kicks off Issues for the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit  

On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hosted Honorable Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, as keynote speaker for the first 2014 Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series. The program took place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In her lecture, Assistant Secretary Thomas-Greenfield discussed the Obama Administration’s priorities with respect to U.S. policy vis-à-vis the continent of Africa.    

Along with the World Affairs Council-Washington, D.C., in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, The Africa Society hosted 200 Washington area high school students for our flagship program, Teach Africa. The program was held on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Department of State in the Loy Henderson Auditorium. For more on Teach Africa visit our website.  

The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa invites you to join us for a special briefing Featuring: The Honorable Amara Konneh Minister of Planning and Development Government of the Republic of Liberia The Honorable Augustine K. Ngafuan Minister of Finance Government of the Republic of Liberia Discussant: Pearl Alice Marsh, Ph.D. Senior Democratic Foreign Affairs Staff Member House Committee on Foreign Affairs Moderator: Bernadette Paolo, Esq. President and CEO, The Africa Society The Honorable Amara Konneh, Liberia’s Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, and the Honorable Augustine K. Ngafuan, Liberia’s Minister of Finance, will be in Washington to discuss the economic, political, and social gains in Liberia as well as the continued challenges the country faces. The Ministers will pay special attention to the upcoming National elections in October of 2011. Date: Tuesday May 24, 2011 Time: 2:00-3:00pm Venue: Capitol Hill 2255 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 To RSVP, please provide your name and affiliation to Aisha Nzibo at anzibo@africasummit.org or call 202-232-3862

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Embassy of Ghana, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa held the first Ambassador Andrew Young lecture series of 2011 entitled “Youth, The Vanguard for Change,” featuring Mr. Michael Blake, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Deputy Associate Director of the Office of Inter-governmental Affairs as well as Ms. Karen Richardson, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. The speakers emphasized the importance of realizing the potential and promise of youth populations, both in the United States and abroad.   His Excellency Daniel Ohene Agyekum, the Ambassador of the Embassy of Ghana and host of the event, provided welcoming remarks while Bernadette Paolo, President and CEO of The Africa Society, served as the Mistress of Ceremony. Joy Scott, a student from School Without Walls in Washington, DC set the electrifying tone of the program with the recitation of a poem written by Lauren Hill, “Motives & Thoughts.” Her classmates, Joy Scott and Bryan King introduced Mr. Michael Blake and Ms. Karen Richardson respectively. The students were excellent representatives of the next generation and their inspiration provided the audience with much hope for the…