AFRICA DIALOGUE SERIES
Moderator: Professor Toyin Falola
This series creates a Pan-Africanist intellectual community drawn all over the world to examine serious and current issues about Africa. The third in the series examines the issues of interactions between the United States and Africa. USA/Africa Dialogue, No. 1 spells out some of the core issues to be pursued.
|No. 4: Response to Arnold Beichman (back to menu)|
Beichman's previous question:
"If American democracy is a failure, tell us what other democracy is a greater success and why."
Catherine Coquery-Vidrovitch is professor emeritus of modern African history at the University Paris-7-Denis-Diderot, and adjunct professor at State University of New York at Binghamton , Department of Sociology. She trained numerous French speaking African historians in Paris and in African universities. She has published many books, two of which have been translated into English: Africa South of the Sahara , Endurance and Change , the University of California Press (1987), and African Women, a Modern History , Westview Press (1998). A third one is forthcoming: African Urbanization from the Beginnings to Colonialism , Markus Wiener, Princeton . She has edited more than twenty books on African studies and the third world and received the 1999 ASA (African Studies Association) Distinguished Africanist Award in Philadelphia . She has been a member (2000-2005) of the ICHS (International Conference of Historical Sciences) international Bureau since August 2000.
"Much depends on how one defines "superior." The measure of a nation's (or people's) greatness is how it treats its most vulnerable members vis-à-vis its democratic process. On that score, the U.S. has fallen short, quite short, as the last presidential election aptly illustrated ."
Trica D. Keaton, Assistant Professor, Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies Indiana University; Non-resident Fellow W.E.B. Du Bois Institute Harvard University