The Institute of Ethiopian Studies: Vehicle of Research and Repository of National Heritage
Professor Behru Zewde will give a talk for AFIES-West.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 South West View Street
cross street Adams; from I-10, take the LaBrea exit
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Please join members of American Friends of Institute of Ethiopian Studies (AFIESWest) in welcoming the distinguished scholar Professor Bahru Zewde one of the leading and most prolific historians working in Africa today.
The American Friends of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (AFIES-West) is the West Coast chapter of the society formed to support the Institute of Ethiopian Studies (IES) in its mission to collect and protect Ethiopian cultural heritage. It provides a means for Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia living in North America to contribute to the preservation of Ethiopia's cultural, intellectual and material heritage.
Professor Bahru Zewde Bio:
Professor Bahru Zewde is a distinguished historian of Ethiopia and Africa. He received his B.A. with distinction from the Haile Selassie I University (1970) and his PhD from the University of London (1976). He has taught at the Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (USA), Hamburg University (Germany), and has served as director of the Institute of Ethiopia Studies at Addis Ababa University, editor of the Journal of Ethiopian Studies, the Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review, and Africa Review of Books and as member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of African History, president of the Association of Ethiopian Historians, resident vice-president of the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA), and first vice-president of the Association of African Historians. Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Forum for Social Studies (Ethiopia) and a board member of Trust Africa.
He authored widely acclaimed books (including A History of Modern Ethiopia 1855-1991 (2001) and Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reforming Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth Century (2002), edited a book entitled Between the Jaws of Hyenas: A Diplomatic History of Ethiopia 1876-1896 (2002), co-edited a book (Ethiopia: The Challenge of Democracy from Below (2002), and compiled A Short History of Ethiopia and the Horn (1998). He is also the author of more than 30 articles and book chapters.
Professor Bahru has received numerous awards and fellowships including the British Council Scholarship, British Academy Fellowship, a French Government research grant, and Japan Foundation fellowship. He was USIA/NEH visiting scholar at Boston University and visiting fellow at St. Cross College and St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University. He is also the recipient of the Golden Jubilee Award for “diligence, exemplary conduct and outstanding contribution” from Addis Ababa University.
William Grant Still Art Center phone: 323-734-1164
In a separate event, Professor Zewde will discuss the Ethiopian Student Movement at UCLA on Monday, April 3, at 12 PM in 6275 Bunche Hall. The UCLA presentation is free and open to the public; parking is $8. For more info, visit
The AFIES-West event is a fund raiser and the suggested donation amount is $10.
Cost: Suggested contribution $10; donation is tax deductible.
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