Former political prisoner to discuss terrorism
Nega will give the talk, "American Power and the Struggle against Poverty and Terror in
Nega served as an Economics faculty member at Bucknell from 1990 to 1994, when he returned to
During the same time he established and managed the Ethiopian Maize Agro-Industrial Share Company, a business dedicated to the production of affordable foods for
"Dr. Nega's scholarly efforts have had a substantial impact in
Nega’s scholarly work and teaching subsequently led to his becoming one of the leaders of the democratic opposition in
First elected mayor
He first served as a member of the Executive Council of the Coalition for Unity and Democracy, and later became the first elected mayor in
Following his election, he was arrested, along with most of the other leaders of the opposition, and spent a year and a half as a prisoner of conscience before being released this past July. In a move that human rights groups said was politically motivated, he and the others were charged with treason, inciting violence, and trying to overthrow the government. The prosecution had pushed for the death penalty.
"Bucknell's full and continued support of Berhanu helped to keep pressure up for his release," said Bucknell professor of English John Rickard, who helped lead a group of faculty who pushed for Nega's release.
When Freedom Dawns
He wrote and published a book in Amharic, titled When Freedom Dawns. He expects to publish an English-language version of this book within the next year.
While at Bucknell this spring, Nega will also guest lecture for the Economics Department and participate in the Human Rights Week activities sponsored by Bucknell Students for Fair Trade. He participated in a panel this week on "Endangered Scholars Worldwide" and plans to give numerous lectures around the country about the situation in
For more information on Nega's visit, contact Janet Knoedler at 570-577-3447.
Contact: Office of Communication
Posted Feb. 8, 2008
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