Talk on Extremism in Africa

Just across the street from Aoyama Gakuin University is another university that serves as a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organization, the United Nations University. This unique university is meant to serve as a bridge between the international academic community and the United Nations system.


The UN University frequently hosts public lectures and symposia for the general public on topics of general interest. Recent guest speakers have included Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and Alex de Waal, an expert on the mechanisms for the how famines come about and how to fight them. Find out about future events, which are held on an almost weekly basis, at:

On Friday, June 8th—from 18:30 at the United Nations University—Alexis Okeowo will be interviewed by Hillary McBride, the UNU Head of Communications, in a conversation about the lives of everyday people in Africa who are resisting extremism. Ms Alexis Okeowo has been a writer for The New Yorker (a respected magazine–print and online–in the US) for the last three years. She was a fellow at New America, and has contributed to The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Fortune, and Financial Times. Her book, A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa, examines stories about people bravely resisting extremism on the African continent. It most recently won the 2018 PEN Open Book Award.

EVENT: Lecture on Countering Extremism in Africa
SPEAKER: Ms. Alexis Okeowo
WHEN: Friday, June 8, 2018; 18:30~19:30
WHERE: United Nations UniversityCLICK HERE for directions
RSVP: This is a free event but register here.
LANGUAGE: Lecture is in English without Japanese interpretation
TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone interested in the world and how it works; at least intermediate English listening ability is recommended.

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