Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series

The Africa Society extends its sincere appreciation to the Merck Company for Sponsoring the Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series on Africa.

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."

 

Past Lectures:

  • April 28, 2011
    Ambassador Andrew Young Lecture Series "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 
    (Click here for video presentation)
  • October 10, 2010
    " MCC’s Commitment to Africa" featuring Mr. Daniel W. Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge Corporation
    (View Daniel Yohannes Remarks)
  • February 25, 2010
    "U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa: Looking Ahead" featuring The Honorable Johnnie Carson, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
    (Download Assistant Secretary Carson’s Remarks)
  • September 18, 2009
    "A United Africa Becomes a Global Player" featuring The Honorable Dr. Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, Former Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs The Republic of Senegal
    (Download Dr. Gadio’s Remarks)
  • April 21, 2009
    "Democratic Governance and the Future of Africa" featuring His Excellency Festus Gontebanye Mogae, Former President of the Republic of Botswana
  • January 29, 2009
    "Is this the Dawn of a Post-Racial Age? From Othello to Obama" featuring Professor Ali Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York Binghamton
    (Download Dr. Mazrui’s Article)
  • January 29, 2008
    "MCC and Africa: A Partnership for Progress" featuring Ambassador John J. Danilovich, Former CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • September 27, 2007
    Lecture featuring Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, Permanent Representative of The African Union Mission
  • June 19, 2007
    "Building Houses for South Africa’s Poor" featuring Niall Mellon, Founder of The Niall Mellon Township Initiative in South Africa
  • January 18, 2007
    Lecture featuring The Honorable Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Former Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Affairs in Ghana
  • January 19, 2006
    Lecture featuring Congressman Chris Smith (R-New Jersey), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
  • April 14, 2005
    "The ECOWAS/NEPAD Agenda: Promoting Good Governance and Regional Economic Integration in West Africa" featuring Dr. Mohamed Chambas, President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  • February 9, 2005
    "A Congressional Perspective on the Shape and Content of U.S.-Africa Relations in 2005 and Recent Developments on the Crisis in Darfur" featuring Congressman Ed Royce(R-California), Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Non-Proliferation
  • June 10, 2004
    "Looking Through the Crystal Ball: The Future of U.S. Engagement with Africa" featuring Dr. Jendayi Frazer, Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the State Department
  • May 18, 2004
    "Common Threats, Common Strategies" featuring Ambassador General Mamadou Mansour Seck, Former Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Senegal
  • May 12, 2004
    "Africa is Hope: Our Collective Struggle Against the HIV/AIDS Pandemic" featuring Congresswoman Barbara Lee, (D-California)
  • February 18, 2004
    "Good Governance and Development in Africa: A Critical Nexus" featuring Dr. K.Y. Amoako, Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • September 24, 2003
    "Africa’s Future: The Vision of Zambia’s Founding Father, Kenneth Kaunda, Former President of the Republic of Zambia" featuring Former President Kenneth Kaunda
  • April 30, 2003
    "Congress and Africa: Perspectives of Congressman Payne and the Congressional Black Caucus" featuring Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-New Jersey), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health
  • February 4, 2003
    "Africa and Islam Since 9/11: Between Hope and Peril" featuring Professor Ali A. Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural Studies at the State University of New York Binghamton
  • November 12, 2002
    "Africa’s Rising and America’s Future" featuring Ambassador Andrew Young