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NewsPress Release -Lumonya to Talk on Africa's Emerging Political Renaissance

MARLBORO, VT - Wednesday, April 4 at 4:30 p.m. in Dalrymple Hall, Marlboro College world studies fellow Daniel Lumonya will lecture on the current African political renaissance, and reasons for his optimism on the future of African politics. Lumonya’s talk will be followed with comments from Lynette Rummel, professor of political science at Marlboro.

Lumonya’s lecture is part of Africa Awareness Week at Marlboro. Africa claims about one-fifth of the world’s land area and a similar proportion of the world’s population. While the continent has had a turbulent political and economic history over the last few decades, including inter- and intra-ethnic wars, the aftermath of slavery and colonialism, and repressive political regimes, Africa has demonstrated a fascinating resilience.

Lumonya recognizes Africa’s difficult history, but he sees positive trends in the last decade. Ghana, in the West, has recently had a smooth transfer of political power while Uganda, in the East, has just completed a presidential election. "Are these pointers to an African renaissance? What lessons can be drawn for the rest of Africa?" asks Lumonya. Lumonya, who came to Marlboro from Makerere University in Uganda, will draw parallels with last year’s election turmoil in the United States.

Rummel, a former Fulbright-Hays lecturer in Tunisia, performed her master's work on the history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa, and her doctoral dissertation was on North Africa.

The event is free and open to the public. The lecture will be held in Dalrymple room 38, which is fully accessible. For more information on the event or Marlboro College please call (802) 257-4333 or visit the college online at

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