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TSEHAI CONFERENCES 2008

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B E G I N !

ethiopia's youth, ethiopia's future

GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, JUNE 28 and JUNE 29, 2008

June 28, 2008 | GEORGE WASHINGTON, SCHOOL OF LAW

09:00 a.m. ­ 09:30 a.m. | Conference Registration and Refreshment 09:30 a.m. ­ 10:00 a.m. | Elias Wondimu, Tsehai Publishers | Opening Remarks and Introduction

ETHIOPIAN YOUTH IN THE DIASPORA: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

10:30 a.m. ­ 12:00 p.m. | Jacob Burns Moot Court Room Winta Teferi, Moderator Addis Mesfin, Ethio-Corps | Reversing the Brain Drain Ellias Fullmore, Burntface | Art as a Means of Building Identity Helena Shimeles, Young Diplomats, Canada | Institutional Formation and the Future of Ethiopian Youth in Canada Hendeke Asrat, www.Habesha.com | Identity Formation on Cyber Space Nuralem Endale, ESAi | The Need for Connecting Students Internationally Nahom Beyene, ESAi Advisory Board Member | Life After College and Our Engagment with the Larger Community Wuhib Bayu, Ethio Studies at Sankofa | The Need for Studying Our History Teodros Gabriel, Hip Hop Artist | Music: Catalyst for Change and Identity Formation 12:00 p.m. ­ 01:00 p.m. | Lunch Break 01:00 p.m. ­ 01:15 p.m. | Keynote Address: YOHANNES TILAHUN

ETHIOPIA, HER YOUTH AND THEIR FUTURE IN THE GLOBALIZED WORLD

1:15 p.m. ­ 02:45 p.m. | Raymond P. Niro Amphitheater Dr. Cressida Marcus, Michigan State University | Moderator Amb. David Shinn, George Washington University | The Exit Generation and the Future of Ethiopia Dr. Kay Shelemay, Harvard University | Cultural Creativity and its Contribution towards Identity Formation in the Diaspora Dr. Terrence Lyons, George Mason University | Transnational Politics, Diasporas, and the Next Generation Dr. Tim Carmichael, The College of Charlston | Asylum Anxiety: Observations on Recent Trends in Ethiopian Applications in the U.S.

EDUCATION, POWER AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: THE ROLE AND PLACE OF ETHIOPIAN YOUTH

02:45 p.m. ­ 04:30 p.m. | Raymond P. Niro Amphitheater Dr. Pietro Toggia, Kutztown University | Moderator Dr. Messay Kebede, University of Dayton | The Impact of Modern Education on Ethiopian Youth Dr. Damtew Teferra, Boston College | Higher Education in Ethiopia: Aspirations and Constraints of the Youth Salaam Yitbarek, Ethiopian Institute for Nonviolence Education and Peace Studies, Research Fellow | Building Social Capital and Immigrant Organizations in the Ethiopian Diaspora Dr. Ayele Bekerie, Cornell University | The Politics of Age and Power Transfer: The case of Lij Iyasu and Teferi Mekonnen

June 29, 2008 | GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF LAW

09:30 a.m. ­ 10:00 a.m. | Conference Registration and Refreshment ART, VISION AND SOCIAL CHANGE: TEDDY AFRO AS THE VOICE & SYMBOL OF THE NEW GENERATION 10:00 a.m. ­ 11:30 a.m. | Jacob Burns Moot Court Room Alemtsehai Wodajo, Poet/Actress/Songwriter/Playwright | Moderator Dr. Alemayehu Abebe, Language Scholar/Literary Critic Teshome Mitiku, Songwriter/Singer Tamagne Beyene, Comedian/Social Critic Tewodros Abebe, Poet/Author 11:30 a.m. ­ 11:45 a.m. | Keynote Address: MIMI ALEMAYEHOU STRENGTHENING THE TIES WITH THE ETHIOPIAN DIASPORA TO PROMOTE HEALTH: OPPORTUNITIES, ACTIONS, AND IMPACTS 12:00 p.m. ­ 03:00 p.m. | Joseph O. Hughes Amphitheater Alula Kebede, Voice of America | Moderator Dr. Mesfin S. Mulatu, Mayatech Corporation | Brain Drain vs Brain Gain: An Overview Dr. Tedla W. Giorgis, Visions for Development | Ethiopian Diaspora Volunteer Program: Opportunities, Actions, and Impact Mr. Gizachew Bizuayehu, People to People, Inc. | Ethiopian Diaspora Engagement Program in Partnership with the International Institutions Dr. Ashenafi Waktola, Group Against Poverty and AIDS | Engagements with Debre Berhan and Ambo Hospitals: A Volunteer's Perspective Mr. John Capati, American International Health Alliance Twinning Center | Challenges and Successes: Ethiopian Diaspora Volunteer Program Mr. Kaleb Brownlow, National Alliance of State and Territorial | Twinning Between Four U.S. State Health Departments and Ethiopian Regional Health Bureau Dr. Bisrat Hailmeskel, Howard University | Twinning Between Schools of Pharmacy: Howard University and Addis Ababa University Dr. Getachew Asresahegn, Ethiopian in North America Health Professionals Association Telemedicine in Ethiopia in Mitigating HIV/AIDS ENGAGING THE YOUTH IN THE WORLDS OF TRADITION AND CHANGE: THE AFRICAN DIASPORA AS THE HUMAN AGENCY FOR INSTITUTIONAL MEMORY, VISION AND SOCIAL TRANSITION 03:00 p.m. ­ 04:30 p.m. | Raymond P. Niro Amphitheater Dr. Alem Hailu, Howard University | Moderator | No Longer at Bay: Asian Diaspora Lessons for Africans in a Borderless World. Mr. Andrew Laurence, George Washington University | Replenishing the Dream for the Youth: Nurturing the Vision of Ethiopianism, Pan Africanism and a United Future. Dr. Ben K. Fred-Nemsah, Howard University | From Delany and Nkrumah to the African Renaissance: The African Youth as Disciples of Hope and Integrated Identity. Dr. Yonas Kifle, Frederick Community College | Building a Bridge between the Homeland and the Land of Emigration: Technology and Knowledge Transfer in an Integrating Planet. Col. Belachew Jemaneh, Jemaneh and Associates | Governing the Governors: The Past as Guide to the Future of the Youth. Dr. Ahmed Moen, Howard University | Synthesizing the Best of Traditions and Cultures: Ethiopian Youth in the Diaspora

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