Seminar: China's Growing Presence in Africa: Getting beyond stereotypes by Prof. Howard French

Event Information
Event Date: 
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 - 3:00am

Associate Professor Howard Fench will be giving a talk, "China's Growing Presence in Africa: Getting beyond stereotypes"  at MISR on wednesday 25th June, 2014.

Time: 2:15 pm-5:15pm.

Venue: MISR Seminar Room I

Attendance of the talk is open to the public.

Limited seating, Pre-Registration required.
For information or to pre-register, contact: Mr. Dennis Wandera:

Howard W. French is an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he has taught since 2008.

For many years, he was a Senior Writer for The New York Times, where he spent most of a nearly 23 year career as a foreign correspondent, working in and traveling to over 100 countries on five continents.

Until July 2008, he was the chief of the newspaper’s Shanghai bureau. Prior to this assignment, he headed bureaus in Japan, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Mr. French’s work for the newspaper in both Africa and in China has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. French speaks English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

From 1979 to 1986, he lived in West Africa, where he worked as a translator, taught English literature at the University of Ivory Coast, and lived as a freelance reporter for The Washington Post and other publications.

French is the author of A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa (Knopf 2004), which was named non-fiction book of the year by several newspapers. 

“Disappearing Shanghai,” French’s documentary photography of the last remnants of Shanghai’s historic old neighborhoods has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia, and reprinted in numerous magazines. Prints from Disappearing Shanghai have been acquired by the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, as part of its permanent collection, and shown in solo exhibition there.

“Disappearing Shanghai” was published in book form by Homa and Sekey in August 2012. The work is a collaboration with the author, Qiu Xiaolong, a Shanghai native, who contributed original poetry.

French’s third book, China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building Empire in Africa, will be published by Knopf in May 2014. He is working on a new non-fiction book, also under contract with Knopf, about the geopolitics of East Asia.

French contributes often to a variety of publications, including The Atlantic and The New York Review of Books, and occasionally reviews books for The Wall Street Journal. He is also a frequent public speaker.

He is a board member of the Columbia Journalism Review, and he currently resides in New York City. He is also working as a consultant to the Aga Khan University's new Graduation School of Media and Communications, focusing on curriculum development.

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