Former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson

Johnnie Carson, who served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs in the first Obama administration, will deliver a talk on "Africa: Myths, Misperceptions and New Challenges" on Tuesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. at Pomona College (Blue Room, Frank Dining Hall, 260 E. Bonita Ave., Claremont). This lecture is part of the College's "Voices on Africa Series."

Carson is currently a senior advisor to the United States Institute of Peace. During his tenure at the U.S. State Department from 2009-13, Carson was involved in numerous high-profile issues, including the independence of South Sudan. Prior to this, he served as national intelligence officer for Africa at the National Intelligence Council and senior vice president of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. His 37 years of foreign service include ambassadorships to Kenya (1999-2003), Zimbabwe (1995-1997) and Uganda (1991-1994).

Carson is the recipient of numerous awards, including a service award from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and the Centers for Disease Control's Champion of Prevention Award for his leadership in the U.S. government's HIV/AIDS prevention efforts in Kenya.

The "Voices on Africa Series" is part of the five-year Pomona College Africa Initiative, which through guest speakers, performers and a visiting African scholar each spring, highlights the continent's ever-increasing importance, its emerging economies, and the vital role the region plays on the international stage. For more information, contact: .


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