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Feb. 18 2002
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Former Assistant Secretary of State
Discusses African Politics in the 21st Century

Preeminent Scholar on African Politics speaks during W.E.B. DuBois Lecture Series

Carson, CA - Former Assistant Secretary of State Susan E. Rice will deliver a special lecture as part of the 8th Annual W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, in the Grand Hall of the Loker University Student Union at 5:30 p.m. The lecture is sponsored by California State University, Dominguez Hills, (CSUDH), the Women's Center, the Multicultural Center Programming Board, the University Distinguished Scholars, and the Department of Africana Studies.

Dr. Rice is managing director and principal of Intellibridge International in Washington, D.C., an Internet-based information/analytical firm that provides customized open-source intelligence to corporations, governments and international organizations. She has served as assistant secretary of state for African Affairs from 1997-2001. In that capacity, she formulated and implemented overall U.S. policy towards 48 countries of Sub-Saharan Africa, including political, economic, security and humanitarian issues. Dr. Rice oversaw management of 43 U.S. Embassies, more than 5,000 U.S. and Foreign Service national employees, a bureau operating budget of more than $100 million and an annual program budget of almost $160 million.

A co-recipient of the White House's 2000 Samuel Nelson Drew Memorial Award for distinguished contributions to the formation of peaceful, cooperative relationships between states, Dr. Rice, will lecture on "African Politics in the 21st Century." Rice is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has received the Chatham House-British International Studies Association Prize for the most distinguished doctoral dissertation in the United Kingdom in the field of International Relations.

"The W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Lecture Series carries special significance on our campus," said Dr. William A. Little, professor of Africana Studies, and chair of the CSUDH Department of Africana Studies. "We are observing the 8th year of this annual event. In that process, it affords us the opportunity to bring outstanding scholars to our campus community." Dr. Little added, "We are especially fortunate to bring Dr. Rice as she is widely recognized as a preeminent scholar and policy-maker on African Affairs in the United States."

The public is encouraged to attend this free lecture.

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