How to understand Ethiopia!

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Professor Steven Thomas (English) travelled to Ethiopia this summer. He gave a lecture to theater students at Addis Ababa University, attended an international short film festival, talked with some professors at the university in Jimma (where a lot of our coffee comes from), travelled to the ancient and important Islamic city of Harar, and visited the Fentale region where he met a humanitarian organization that works with the pastoralist Karayu tribe. His presentation recounts these experiences and raises the question of how we can understand Ethiopia. In the process, he dispels myths and misunderstandings that Americans have about the country; he also questions his own understanding of this ever-fascinating place.

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