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The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Ethiopia, hosted Grant T. Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Staff of the White House as the featured speaker for the first 2015 Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series. Held at the Embassy of Ethiopia on March 3, 2015, Mr. Harris spoke to an audience of over 250 Africanists, diplomats, policymakers, leaders in the NGO community, business leaders, and students about the achievements and priorities of the Obama Administration vis-à-vis the continent of Africa. See pictures from the lecture.

The Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series features distinguished speakers whose work has impacted and advanced the agenda of issues affecting the continent of Africa and U.S. – Africa relations. Named in honor of the former Chairman of The Africa Society Board, the Series was launched in 2002 and has since rotated through several African embassies. Since its inception, the series has drawn over 4,000 participants and attendees and served as a platform from which to raise awareness about African issues that require attention, media coverage, and action. Lecture topics have included “Good Governance and Development in Africa,” “Africa is Hope: Struggle Against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic,” and “The Niall Mellon Township Initiative in South Africa.” The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and the Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia request the pleasure of your company for a reception and Inaugural lecture of 2005 featuring Grant T. Harris, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs on the National Security Staff of the White House. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 3506 International Drive, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 To RSVP, email Sarah Kuruswo at SKURUSWO@AFRICASUMMIT.ORG or call: 202-232-3862…

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.