April 20, 2007

16th annual African Conference examines conflict resolution efforts

As war, genocide and political unrest continue to ravage the continent of Africa, scholars from throughout the world will gather at the Sacramento State University Union for the 16th annual African/Diaspora Conference on April 26 – 28.

The conference, “Building a Culture of Peace in Africa: Best Practices/Models,” will feature panel discussions by academics and policy experts from Sacramento State and other universities and research organizations in the United States, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Nairobi, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“We are bringing dignitaries from different parts of the world who are dedicated to advocacy and working on peaceful resolutions to the conflict in Africa,” says Ernest Uwazie, criminal justice professor and director of the Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution. “We are striving to raise awareness of ongoing programs in Africa and East Africa,” Uwazie explains.

Sudanese scholar Albaquir Mukhtar El-Afifi, human rights activist and former fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. will speak at the conference on the Sudan-Dafur conflict.

Other panel discussions include Conflicts and Resolution in Africa, African Women: Health, Law and Development, and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Peacebuilding in Africa.

Nii Akuettech, executive director of African Action, a Washington D.C.-based civil rights, nonprofit organization devoted to African affairs, will deliver the keynote address “Building a culture of peace in Africa: best practices/models” at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 27.

The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion on African Culture and Justice.

The conference is presented by Sacramento State’s College of Health and Human Services’ Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution in collaboration with the Pan African Studies Program.

On Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the conference will close with the annual Peace Award Ceremony in the University Union Ballroom.

For more information, contact Sacramento State’s Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution, (916) 278-6282 or visit www.csus.edu/org/capcr/.

For media assistance, contact the Sacramento State Public Affairs office (916) 278-6156.