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Hosted Event  |  COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE: The Interplay of Politics, Religion, Terrorism, Modernity, and Human Rights”

Friday, April 24, 2015, 12–2 pm

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium  

In an effort to address issues of intense public concern, this Community Roundtable will explore in depth the recent rise of violent extremist groups in Africa. In so doing, we will go beyond sensational media headlines to the historical roots of this phenomenon as we examine groups such as Boko Haram, Seleka, and Al-Shabaab. Taking into consideration cultural values, global interests, socioeconomic conditions, and human rights, the presenters will focus on the complex interplay of religion, politics, modernity, terrorism, and human rights.

The presenters will be:
Bruce Hall, Associate Professor of History, Duke University
Martin Klein, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Toronto
Ndubueze Mbah, Assistant Professor of African History, Department of History, UB

This event is free and open to the public

Sponsors: Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee, University at Buffalo Department of History, Department of Political Science, Humanities Institute and Office of the Vice Provost for International Education
Co-Sponsors: Muslim Public Affairs Council of Western New York, University at Buffalo Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

The ALD Memorial Committee is dedicated to honoring the life and work of human rights advocate Alison Des Forges. For more information about the Committee’s work, please email Roger Des Forges at, Ellen Dussourd at or Shaun Irlam at