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Program

All conference events, including registration, will be held on the RIT campus, in Louise Slaughter Hall, with convenient parking in T lot. Please see our interactive campus map for more information and directions.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

5:00-8:00 pm
(Rooms 2210-2220)

Conference Registration

Welcome Remarks

Dr. Uli Linke, Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. George Gonpu, President, Liberian Studies Association

Ramapo College of New Jersey

LSA 50 Slideshow Presentation (moderated by Jackie Sayegh)

Opening Reception

 

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00-8:45 am
(Rooms 2210-2220)

Conference Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00-8:45 am
(Room 2130)

Executive Board Meeting (Reserved for Board Members)

9:00-10:30 am
(Rooms 2230-2240)

The State of Scholarship on Liberia in the Past Fifty Years: A Roundtable Discussion

Moderator: George Kieh, University of West Georgia
Discussants:
Emmanuel Oritsejafor, North Carolina Central University
Augustine Konneh, African Methodist Episcopal University
Samuel Wai Johnson, Jr., George Mason University
D. Elwood Dunn, The University of the South

10:45 am-12:00 pm
(Rooms 2230-2240)

National Symbols and Historical Documentation

Moderator: Samuel Wai Johnson, Jr., George Mason University
Presenters:
Military Regime in the Search for National Symbols: The Case of Liberia
Yekutiel Gershoni, Tel Aviv University

Liberia’s National Archives: Past, Present and Possible Future Directions
Verlon L. Stone, Indiana University

A Short History of the Liberian Studies Journal
Herbert Brewer, Georgetown University and Morgan State University

12:00-1:30 pm
(Rooms 2210-2220)

Conference Lunch and Liberian Music

LSA Sub-Committee Meetings

1:45-3:15 pm
(Rooms 2230-2240)

Film Screening and Discussion: Because of the War

Ruth M. Stone, Indiana University

3:30-5:00 pm
(Rooms 2230-2240)

Arts in Memory, Practice and Performance: A Panel Discussion

Once Upon a Time: Liberian History and the Development of the Liberian Literary Canon
Jackie Sayegh, Cornell University

Welma Redd, Morgan State University

Ruth M. Stone, Indiana University
 

5:15-8:00 pm
(Rooms 2210-2230)

Opening Remarks

Dr. James Winebrake, Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Rochester Institute of Technology

Introduction of the Keynote Speaker

Dr. Verlon L. Stone, Indiana University

Keynote Address

Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, The University of the South

Conference Dinner

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018
8:00-9:00 am
(Rooms 2210-2220)

Conference Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00-8:45 am
(Room 2130)

LSA Business Meeting (Open to all conference participants)

9:00-10:30 am

Environment, Population Dynamics and Governance

Concurrent Session A (Room 2130)

Moderator: George P. Gonpu, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Presenters:
Liberia’s Population: Fifty-Five Years after the First National Census
William B. Kory, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

The Causes of Highway Failure in Liberia
Samuka Konneh and Kieyee G. Bordolo, University of Liberia

Clinical Interventions for Refugee and Traumatized Children in Post-Conflict Liberia
Banti C. V. Zehyoue, Kennesaw State University

The Intrinsic Link between Environment and Disaster Management in a Pro Poor Governance
Morris Koffa, Walden University

Agriculture, Livelihood and Women’s Economic and Political Participation

Concurrent Session B (Room 2140)

Moderator: Verlon L. Stone, Indiana University
Presenters:
The Impact of Women’s Participation on Sustainable Development Efforts in the Liberian Agriculture Industry
Teaway Zehyoue Collins, Southern University and A & M College

Gender-Based Violence and Access to Justice: Grand Bassa County, Liberia
T. Debey Sayndee, University of Liberia

Novel Strategy to Raise Productivity and Increase Revenues in Liberia’s Food and Agriculture Industry
Cyril Broderick, Delaware State University

Feeding Africa through New Technologies
Donald L. Cassell, Jr., Sagamore Institute

The Impact of Female Educational Attainment on Promoting Good Governance and a Peaceful and Just Society in Liberia
Danielle Taana Smith, Rochester Institute of Technology

10:45 am-12:15 pm

Elections and Democratic Consolidation

Concurrent Session A (Room 2130)

Moderator: James S. Guseh, North Carolina Central University
Presenters:
The National Elections Commission and Dispute Resolution in the 2017 Liberian Presidential Election
Augustine Konneh, African Methodist Episcopal University

Post-Conflict Elections and Democratization in Liberia
George Klay Kieh, Jr., University of West Georgia

Evidence of Illiterate Population and the Psychology of Civil Conflict: The Liberian Youth as a Democratic Voting Power: A Lesson for 2017 Elections and Beyond
Amos M.D. Sirleaf, Cuttington University Africa Museum

Concurrent Session B (Room 2140)

Moderator: Rachel McGinnis, Rochester Institute of Technology

Value Change in Liberian Politics
Mike T. Jasay, African Methodist Episcopal University

The Impact of Social Media, Particularly Facebook, on the 2017 Presidential Election in Liberia
Welma Redd, Morgan State University and Mouna Farhat, Onyxcy Solutions

Liberia Spoke One Language - 2018
Thomas Tweh, BBA Management

The Crucifixion of Snobbery: Crucial Lessons from Election 2017
K-Moses Nagbe, Prince George’s Community College

12:30-1:45 pm
(Rooms 2210-2220)

Conference Lunch

Film Screening and Discussion: Small, Small Thing

Welma Redd, Morgan State University

2:00-3:30 pm
(Rooms 2230-2240)

Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, the African Diaspora and Identity

Moderator: Edward Kannyo, Rochester Institute of Technology
Presenters:
Challenging Negative Perceptions of Africa, Liberians, & West Africa: Practical and Realistic Ways in the 21st Century to revive a ‘Back to Africa Movement’ to Liberia from the African Diaspora
Karl Johnson, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Revisiting the Questions of Americo-Liberian Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Liberia
Samuel G. Toe, University of East Anglia

Who Can Rebuild the Nation? Displacement, Repatriation, and Diaspora-Homeland Tensions in Liberia
Yolanda Covington-Ward, University of Pittsburgh

The Future is Black: Transnational Liberian Youths
Krystal Smalls, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

3:45-5:15 pm
(Rooms 2230-2240)

Financial Flows and Poverty Reduction

Moderator: dt ogilvie, Rochester Institute of Technology
Presenters:
Enabling Poverty Reduction in Liberia
Murv L. Kandakai Gardiner, W. V. S. Tubman University

Some Evidence on the Macroeconomic Impacts of Remittances in Liberia
George P. Gonpu, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Determinants of Economic Growth in Liberia, 1960-2017
James S. Guseh, North Carolina Central University

5:30-8:30 pm
(Rooms 2210-2230)

Ending Conference Dinner

LSA Awards Ceremony

Recognition and Celebration of LSA Fallen Trees