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20th International Conference

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Sunday December 17, 2017 12:00pm

The LSUS International Lincoln Center will observe the half-century of LSUS by participating in the annual international conference of the Association of Global South Studies (AGSS) to be held in Marrakech, Morocco on 14-16th December.

Marrakech is considered the cultural capital of Morocco.  It's where Morocco signed the first treaty recognizing American independence in 1786--becoming the longest unbroken amity treaty in American diplomatic history.

Dr. William D. Pederson will chair a panel on Lincoln's Legacy in the Third World and deliver a paper on "Lincoln in North Africa."  Joining him will be four LSUS students:  Fatimah Smith and Navdeep Singh, "Lincoln in Burkina Faso"; Eliza M. Malinova, "Lincoln in Zimbabwe"; and Shalisa Roland, "Lincoln Schools in Cuba."

The AGSS is the oldest and largest professional organization in the world focusing on the Global South (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the "Middle East").  The University of Florida Press publishes its Journal of Global South Studies.  Pederson serves as the executive director of the academic organization.

The LSUS International Lincoln Center will also observe our 50th year in Asia as well as Africa.

It's co-sponsoring with Princeton University at the annual international conference of the Centre for Contemporary Theory on "The Humanities Across Cultures" to be held at Gopalpur-on-Sea overlooking the Bay of Bengal on 17-20th  of December. Dr. William D. Pederson will deliver welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony and a paper titled "Abraham Lincoln the Humanist:  Mourning in America" with Sunil K. Sarangi.  The presentation is based on the novel "Lincoln in the Bardo" by American writer George Saunders who won the UK's Man Booker Prize.  LSUS student Navdeep Singh will present a paper on "Lincoln's View of Economic Development as Reflected in India."

The Centre for Contemporary Theory located in Vadodara, India and the International Lincoln Center co-sponsored the only international conference held in Asia on Lincoln during the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth in 2009.  It led to the first book published on Lincoln's global legacy outside the U.S. entitled "Lincoln Without Borders (2010), co-edited by J. Tripathy, W. Pederson, and Sura Rath, a former LSUS faculty member.  Pederson serves as the co-editor of the "Journal of Contemporary Thought" published quarterly by the Centre for Contemporary Theory.

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