WVU Parkersburg features program as part of the Focus on Africa series

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Parkersburg, W.Va. 10/24/11 – West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Office for Global Initiatives and the Humanities Speaker Series will co-host a special presentation: “Why Africa is Becoming So Important to the U.S.” with associate professor Doug Weaver. This program is part of the “Focus on Africa” series and will take place Monday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the college theatre, room 1305.

Weaver has worked in Africa for almost 40 years, both as a civilian and with the U.S. military. Last year, he served an eight-month active duty deployment with the 17th Air Force, working as a senior Africa intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force commander over all Air Force activities on the African continent. Some of Weaver’s areas of expertise include Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Nigeria, Chad and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

He has also traveled to the Central African Republic, Cameroun, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Senegal, Mauritania and Mali. As part of his recent responsibilities, he traveled to Mauritania to assist with a U.S. State Department’s counter terrorism effort. Indeed, given his extensive background in African affairs, he is well prepared to discuss the reasons Africa is becoming so important to the U.S.

This program is free and open to the public. Question and answer sessions will follow presentation.

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Nanney at 304-424-8361.

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