Urgent Understanging: The Electoral Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire

The Electoral Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire
A roundtable discussion

Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wisconsin Memorial Union, Old Madison (3rd Floor)
800 Langdon Street

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Scott Straus
Associate Professor of Political Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Scott Straus is an award-winning author of The Order of Genocide: Race, Power, and War in Rwanda and Intimate Enemy and teachers courses on genocide, violence, human rights, and African politics.

Thomas J. Bassett
Professor of Geography
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Tom Bassett teaches courses on the geography of developing countries, Africa, and political ecology. Tom’s field research focuses on development and the environment in Côte d’Ivoire where he has conducted field research since 1981.

Carol Spindel
Department of English
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Carol Spindel is the author of In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove, a classic memoir of an American woman’s experience in northern Ivory Coast, named a Notable Book by the New York Times. Spindel wrote and narrated a radio documentary about the elections called “One Village Votes.” It aired on Illinois Public Media in late December and is currently available on PRX. It can be downloaded here. Read Spidel’s blog to learn about her visit to the Ivory Coast during the October 2010 elections.

Yacouba Traore
Department of Medical Physics
University of Wisconsin Madison

Yacouba Traore is a Senior System Administrator for the UW-Medical school. In his spare time he organizes and participates in local and international events and symposia. Visit his blog.

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